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Girls Gaelic 2018-19

Leinster U16 ‘C’ Championship final 2019:  Louth 3–13 Laois 1–10

Louth U16s produced a brilliant display against Laois in Athy on Sunday 12th May to deservedly lift the Leinster U16 C Championship trophy.

The Wee County’s start matched the bright, sunny weather and they almost made an early breakthrough when Rachel Leonard won possession from the throw-in and went on a strong run before finding Ellen McBride but the full forward  saw her shot brilliantly kept out by Laois goalkeeper Aoibhe Brennan. The Reds  dominated the early exchanges and Mia Duffy opened the scoring with a free before further points from Sophie Turley, Roisin Maguire and Seona Halligan put them four points clear midway through the half.

Louth would have been further ahead but for the exceptional display of the Laois net minder Brennan minder who kept her side in the game by making three excellent stops  and their dominance could be measured by the fact that Laois didn’t advance past the halfway line until the seventh minute!

A fourth goal chance fell Louth’s way in the 18th minute when Player of the Match Roisin Maguire beat a couple of defenders only to see her shot kept out by the woodwork.

Laois eventually got off the mark when the lively Leah Tarpey shot over with 20 minutes played and the same player quickly added a further point before late scores from Maguire (2) and McBride left three between the sides, 0–7 to 0–4 at the break.

Leah Tarpey and Ava Briscoe swapped points after the resumption before Louth took a firm grip on the game when Roche Emmets’ Abi Keenan won possession near the touchline and jinked past a couple of defenders before firing a brilliant angled shot into the back of the Laois net. Tarpey and Maguire exchanged points before Keenan took centre stage again, collecting a brilliant pass from Rachel Leonard in space to drill home her second goal of the afternoon.

Louth almost had a further goal moments later but the unlucky Ellen McBride shot inches wide. There was no let-up, however, and they were rewarded when Leonard bagged a third goal in seven minutes to increase the lead, 3–9 to 0–8.

Laois hit back immediately with a well-taken goal of their own through Ava Lalor but Louth never looked in danger and added further points through Roisin Maguire and substitute Sarah Gilmore to emerge as comfortable winners.

Louth;​ Rebecca Lambe Fegan, Amy Farrell, Caitlin O’Reilly, Aine Carolan, Ella McEntaggert, Kelly Carolan, Louise Johnson, Sophie Turley, 0:1; Mia Duffy, 0:2, Ava Briscoe, 0:1, Rachel Leonard, 1:00, Roisin Maguire, 0:4, Abi Keenan,2:00, Ellen McBride, Seona Halligan, 0:1.
Subs: Sarah Gilmore (0–01), Alice Ferguson, Laoise McElroy, Leah McArdle, Sinead Kneel.

Laois: Aoibhe Brennan; Jasmine Kinsella, Sarah Tuohy, Aoibhe Mulhall; Grainne Cotter, Georgina, Fiona Fennessy; Aishling Fitzpatrick, Ava Lawlor (1–00); Rachel Glynn, Anna Lalor, Ellen Donohue; Kelly O’Neill (0–02), Leah Tarpey (0–07), Ciara Crowley. Subs: Niamh Conroy (0–01), Eleanor Healy, Chloe Conroy, Sinead Good.

Referee: Cathy Ford (Wicklow).