Browse Month: June 2018

Emergency County Board Meeting

There is an emergency county board meeting on Thursday June 28th in St Brides GFC at 8pm sharp.

All clubs are requested to attend. Adult club managers are also invited to attend.

Agenda:

  • Referees Reports
  • County Team and Club Training Issues
  • Loans and Transfers

 

Supporters bus for Leinster final

A bus for supporters can be organised for the Leinster Final on Sunday 1st July, subject to numbers.

The fee will be €10 PP. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

If interested, please contact Johann Fedigan (087 682 8285) or Ann Fedigan (087 942 5607) by 6pm Friday. Deposit/fare must be paid in advance.

Louth v Carlow – Preview

Preview

While Louth will be slight favourites to beat Carlow in Sunday’s Leinster Final in Dr.Cullen Park, it is certain to be a much closer contest than when these two counties last met in the provincial decider of 2015. On that occasion the Wee County ran out convincing winners on a 8-17 to 0-07 scoreline with Kate Flood who captains Louth on Sunday in top form hitting 5-06 of the Reds total. In this years NFL Louth won five of their seven games to earn a place in the final against Wicklow, but on that occasion a below par Louth were well beaten by a very impressive Wicklow outfit.

Meet the Players – Photos of the panel who will take on Carlow on Sunday 1st July

The Louth team have had a few difficult weeks after the sudden and unexpected passing of their senior team manager Micheal McKeown. Micheal was the fulcrum of the success the ladies have had this year in reaching the Division 4 national league final for the first time in the Counties history. He also guided the girls to next weeks Leinster Junior Final.

Words can hardly describe what he has meant to these girls and in these difficult circumstances the girls have prepared as best as they can. Training has been going well under new manager Darren Bishop. The team currently have a long list of injuries and Darren has drafted in some minors to boost the squad. Several key players will miss out on the day due to these injuries however Darren has promised that the 15 players that take the field and the subs that are used will certainly do the memory of Micheal McKeown well. In the last few weeks Racheal Kane, Derabhile Osbourne and Kate Flood have picked up injuries that will leave it very tight for the girls playing in the final.

With all of this going on Darren has said that the mood in the camp is very positive and upbeat and he believes the girls are ready for the battle which is going to take place on Sunday in Carlow. The two teams played during the league with the Louth winning by 2-09 to 1-06 in Darver and Darren was quick to point out that it will have little or no bearing on the final.

“Carlow where missing some key players that day so I’m under no illusion of the task that is at hand. Carlow have some fine players who have worked very hard all year and where very unlucky to miss out on a spot in the league final.” Finally, Darren explained to us that he is really looking forward to the day and that the girls will go out and do themselves justice with a positive and honest performance and hopes that things will go their way in winning the Leinster Junior Title.

With a Div 1 League semi-final and the Div 2 final both taking place on Sunday last the management would have had an anxious few hours hoping that no new injury concerns would emerge as quite a number of the panel were on club duty. Carlow with Bart Martin in his second year in charge have a nice mixture of youth and experience. They had recent successful U/14 and U/16 teams under Martin reaching provincial finals at both levels in 2015 and ’16. He has formed the basis of the current side with members of those under age sides combined with some of the more long serving players. Training has gone well with 46 sessions taking place since January despite some some very bad weather. Carlow had a decent League campaign just narrowly missing out on a semi-final place. While Louth have dominated recent meetings, Carlow will take confidence from last year’s clash in the league where they had an impressive 5-7 to 2-9 win over the Reds, and with players such as Aiveen Gilmartin, Anne Roche, Muireann O’Sullivan and Marie Kinsella in their ranks they are sure to push a Louth side who will be keen to put the disappointment of that League final defeat behind them.

 

History

The Louth team in the 2015 provincial final was;
Una Pearson, Janine Kelly, Michelle McMahon, Aoife Halligan, Eimear Murray, Emma Singleton, Orla Brennan, Grace Lynch, Ciara Nugent, Paula Murray; 1-04, Susan Byrne ,2-02, Alanna Conlon,0-01, Kate Flood, 5-06, Ciara O’Connor, 0-02,Laura Collins, 0-02 Subs used: Sarah Maguire 0-01, Emily Norton, Maura Sullivan, Broonagh McGrane, Laura Grills. Unused subs: Alanna Finn, Amy McNally, Lisa Finglas, Aine Lynch, Aine Breen, Christine Carolan, Sinead O’Hagan, Shauna Markey, Katie Anne Holcroft.

Louth went on to take the All-Ireland title for a second time a few months later beating Scotland who were captained by ex Roche Emmetts star Roseanna Heaney in the final played at Croke Park.

Sunday’s final will be sixth time the counties have met in Championship fare with both sides winning on three occasions with the first meeting in 1993 in what was Louth’s first Championship match since the formation of the County Board the previous November. Having lost to Carlow in their first ever NFL match in Dowdallshill, Louth also tasted defeat to Carlow in the Junior Championship. Twelve months later, Carlow also got the better of Louth in Castlebellingham on a 3-12 to 2-06 scoreline. It was a similar story in ’95 as Carlow made it three wins in as many year’s as they again ended Louth’s Championship hopes

In 1996, Louth reached their first provincial final with a victory over Offaly and a first ever win over Carlow in the semi-final but lost to Longford by 2-15 to 4-02 in the Leinster decider.
Louth: Laura Cunningham, Pamela Kirwan, Elaine Rogan, Ann Mulligan, Sharon Drumgoole, Edel McKeown, Joan McCarragher, Linda Finnegan, 2-01, Fiona Sweeney,(Capt) Karen Connor, Orlaith Kirk, 0-01,Julie Fitzpatrick, Sinead Mulligan,1-00, Amanda Brennan, Suzane Robinson

The following season after a poor League campaign they lost out to Carlow at the semi-final stages.

Twelve months later Louth, after impressive wins over Kildare and Offaly, took their first Leinster title in impressive fashion by beating Carlow 6-14 to 2-04 in the decider despite lining out without star duo Karen Connor and Orlaith Kirk and losing key attacker Sharon Drumgoole with a head injury early in the game. Roisin Hanlon was voted player of the match and contributed 2-5 of her County’s tally
Louth; Lyn Savage, AnneMarie King, Fiona Sweeney, Amanda Brennan, Ciara Rafferty, Edel McKeown, Jenny Agnew, Loraine Muckian, Elaine Rogan, 1-04, Nuala Murphy 2-00, Cathy Reynolds (Capt) 0-01, Sharon Drumgoole, Caroline Lynch 1-02, Roisin Hanlon 2-05, Karen Fealey. Subs: Claie Mullholand, 0-01, Emma Kirk, Majella Agnew, Jennifer Mulligan, Karen Rafferty, Joanne Fedigan, Orlaith Kirk, Karen Connor

2008 saw Louth back in the final after a decade competing in the Senior and Intermediate grade. That season Louth were under the management of Ardee man Brian Carroll and Teresa Hanratty lost out to a strong Wicklow outfit by 5-8 to 0-17 after a tremendous final.

They also lost the ’09 (Replay) and ’10 final’s to the Garden County.

Louth next appearance in the Leinster final was in 2012 where under the guidance of former Mattock Rangers star John Hanratty. They beat a fancied Offaly by 1-22 to 2-06 inspired by a brilliant display by player of the match Vikki McGinn.

Louth; Una Pearson, AnnMarie Lynch, Andrea Carney, Aine McGee,(Capt) Patricia Marmion, Grace Lynch,0-1, Vikki McGinn,
Roseanna Heaney, 0-08,, Sandra Lynch 1-00, Ciara O’Connor 0-03,Susan Byrne, Kate Flood, 0-02,Jenny McGuinness 0-02,
Subs used, AnneMarie Murphy 0-3,Lisa Kelly 0-1,Emer Brennan 0-1, Laura O’Neill,0-02, Maura Lynch.

The following year saw Louth lose to Wexford in the semi-final, while they also lost out in the 2014 final by 0-14 to 0-10 to the Slaneysiders with their third and latest Leinster title coming in 2015. In 2016 and 2017 Louth competed in the Intermediate Championship. They were demoted to the Junior grade after losing to Offaly after a relegation play-off in Mullingar last year.

Preview by Dermot Woods

Mattock Rangers win Div 2 league

The first silverware of the season was won by Mattock Rangers who won the Div 2 title in sunny Dundalk on Sunday, beating St Pats by a scoreline of 3-12 to 3-07.

See full match report and more great photos from dundalksport.ie and Warren Matthews.

Meet the players

Louth Ladies

Leinster Junior Championship Final; Carlow v Louth, at 12 noon, on Sunday 1st July in Netwatch Cullen Park.

Una Pearson
Eilis Hand
Rachel Kane
Shannen McLoughlin
Michelle McArdle
Ceire Nolan
Shauna Markey
Sinead Woods
Rebecca Carr
Aoife Russell
Kate Flood
Roisin Kavanagh
Lauren Boyle
Leanne Sharkey
Catherine McGlew
Coirin Rice
Fionnuala Begley
Alanna Conlon
Roisin Osborne
Claire Donnelly
Eimear Murray
Niamh Rice
Grainne Murray
Emma McArdle
Bronagh McGrane
Emma Singleton
Deirbhile Osborne
Michelle McMahon

 

Div 1 & 2 Semi-Finals & Finals

Mattock Rangers will meet St Pats in the Division Two final at Clan na Gael Park on Sunday morning. Mattock beat Roche/Na Piarsaigh 2-10 to 2-8 in their semi-final in Collon with Pats overcoming Kilhill, 4-11 to 3-7 in Lordship on Wednesday evening.

In Division One Geraldines will meet either Stabannon or St Fechins in the decider after beating St Mochtas, 1-11 to 1-10, in their semi-final in Haggardstown.

The Stabannon v Fechins semi-final will be on Sunday morning.

Meet and Greet

A  great opportunity for the various underage players and the general public to meet the players and management in advance of the Leinster Final.

Co Board Meeting and Skills Challenge

News Update:

  • There will be a County Board Meeting in St Marys GFC, Ardee on Monday, 18th June at 8pm. More details to follow.
  • The John West Skills Challenge is taking place in The Geraldines at 2pm on Sunday, 17th June. Any club who is sending a player is requested to email Liam O’Neill by 6pm on Saturday to assist the organisers in preparing the test.
  • Reminder: The Louth Ladies senior team are holding an open training session in Darver on Friday 22nd June at 7pm – a great opportunity for underage players and others to meet the players and management in advance of the Leinster Final.

Conor Morgan RIP

Louth Ladies LGFA wish to express our sincere condolences to the Morgan family on the tragic death of Conor.

Ar Dhéis Dé Go Raibh A Anam.

Liam O’Neill,  Louth Ladies Secretary.

 

Win a digital scoreboard for your club

Louth LGFA have announced a super fundraising draw, with a chance to win a new digital scoreboard worth €5,500.  Tickets are €100 each but are limited to a maximum of 150, so there is a great chance to win this great prize for your club.  The draw was launched nationwide today and is open to all clubs in the country.

Tickets are available to buy online at klubfunder.com, or follow the links on our home page.

Please share this on social media to promote this draw. All money raised will go towards the development of Ladies Football in County Louth.

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