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Louth Under 14s trip to Clare

Louth U14s

The Louth Ladies Under 14s travelled to Clarecastle GAA in Co Clare last weekend and played a challenge game with the Clare U14s.

A big thank you to all the players, mums and to David O’Brien and the Clare team for making us feel so welcome.

The Louth & Clare U14 teams

We also had 86 girls (four teams) at the recent Under 13 Leinster Development Blitz. There is a very bright future for Louth Ladies football if we nurture all this talent up to senior status.

After the final

Not all happy reading sadly, but there has been massive media coverage of the Ladies All Ireland Finals. Here’s just a few reactions on Twitter after the Junior final on Sunday;

 

Hard Luck Ladies

It wasn’t to be for our Ladies team today, it’s been a hugely emotional season, well done to the team, management and everyone involved on getting to the final but hard luck on the day. Congratulations to Limerick.

Match report from Dundalksport.ie here

…and a look behind the scenes from the42.ie;

The Final Countdown. Good Luck Ladies!

All roads lead to Croke Park on Sunday.

Heres a flavour of some of the media coverage and good wishes coming the way of the Louth Ladies team today;

 

Louth Ladies Advanced Development Squad Update

On Saturday 1st September the LLADS had a very busy morning with a breakfast for their families, presentation of new gear and a visit from Sharon and Cora Courtney from Donaghmoyne and Monaghan ladies to take the training session.

With a large group of 35 girls.

Sharon and Cora got down to work putting the girls through their paces and offered advice as to how the girls can improve their game and play smarter. It was a very informative session for the LLADS and they thoroughly enjoyed it.

After the training session they were presented with their new gear and they sat down to enjoy the hot breakfast that was provided for them. We would like to Sharon and Cora for their time, DYI for the use of the grounds and all the parents who came for breakfast.

We would also like to wish the very best of luck to Louth Ladies in the upcoming All Ireland Final.

 

Louth through to All Ireland final

Louth 3-07 Derry 2-09

 

Louth Ladies are through to the All Ireland Junior Championship Final in Croke Park on September 16th where they will play Limerick.

There were scenes of great joy in Aughnacloy on Sunday afternoon as the Ladies qualified for the the final in a nerve wracking semi-final in very difficult conditions against Derry.

Some photos below from Warren Matthews.

Wee’ve done it!  See the match report here from dundalksport.ie

 

Louth loooking forward to semi-final versus Derry

All Ireland Junior Championship Semi-Final. Louth v Derry, Sunday 26th August, 1pm in Aughnacloy.

It was always a strong possibility that Louth and Derry were going to be involved at the business end of this year’s championship with Derry very unlucky to lose out to Fermanagh after a replay in last year’s All Ireland final, in the drawn game Derry led by nine points at one stage, and Louth had a very solid league campaign reaching this season’s Div 4 final.

Both counties were impressive in their respective provincial finals with Derry beating a fancied Antrim by seven points and Louth convincing winners over Carlow. In the round robin series, the northern side lost their opening game to Carlow but caused a major upset by beating Limerick in their next outing. This win coupled with Limerick’s big win over Carlow ensured the Oak Leaf county a place in the last four.

Louth in contrast had big wins over Antrim and Kilkenny before concluding the group phase with a hard earned win over London

Sunday’s game gets underway at 1pm in Aughnacloy, with the prize for the winner a place in the September 16th final against either London or Limerick in Croke Park.

This will be only the second time the counties have met in the championship with Louth coming out on top by 3-10 to 2-10 at the same stage in 2010. Louth have just one survivor from that encounter in Emyvale, current captain Kate Flood who hit 2-00 that day.

Louth manager Darren Bishop has a number of injury concerns going into Sunday’s game as his players have had an extremely hectic few weeks with both club and county. Rebecca Carr returned to the team as a sub in London and played the full match for her club Geraldines in their Championship win over St. Mochtas on Thursday night and contributed an impressive 3-4 as the Haggardstown side booked their place in the semi finals.

The sides met in the National League in February, with Louth emerging winners on a 3-13 to 1-9 scoreline with Kate Flood hitting1-4 of Louth’s total.

Darren Bishop has built on the solid foundations laid by Miceal McKeown with the current panel possesing some very promising young players with the exciting Cooley Kickhams duo of Niamh Rice and Lauren Boyle who both played minor football this year have been a real threat to opposeing defenses with Boyle whose uncle Michael was one of the stars of the great Cooley teams of the 1970’s the team’s top scorer this year

Fellow teenagers Aoife Russell and Ceire Nolan have added power and pace and a further scoring threat.

At the other end of the age spectrum Stabannon star Jenni McGuinness has returned to county duty after an absence of four seasons and Bonnie Fleming’s addition after a serious knee injury gives the management team more options upfront

Bishop and his management team will have been pleased to hear of midfielder Rebecca Carr’s return to fitness although the current midfield pairing of Sinead Woods and Eimear Byrne have been exceptional in the All-Ireland series to date.

In defence Michelle McMahon another player who has battled back after serious injury is getting back to her best alongside the ever dependable Eimear Murray.

Derry under the management of Paul Crozier whose brother paddy was assistant manager of Louth when Colin Kelly was in charge have some exceptional players to call on with Ex-Tipperary star Caith Glass and Anna Morrision among the grade’s best defenders along with Katie Holly whose brother Niall lined out with Derry in this year’s Ulster Championship as well as key attacker Deirbhaille McNicholl whose father Dermot was a leading forward on the Oak leaf which won the Sam Maguire Cup by beating Cork in 1993.

In what is expected to closely fought contest, Louth have done all that has been asked of them in this campaign and would appear to possess the greater attacking threat and can qualify for a fourth final appearance in GAA Headquarters in eighth years

London 2–11 Louth 1–17

Ladies gearing up for semi-final showdown with Derry after hard fought win in Ruislip

Louth confirmed their place in the All Ireland Junior Championship semi-final on Sunday in London.

See match report from Dermot Woods on dundalksport.ie