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Leinster U13 Development Blitz

Leinster LGFA are holding an Under 13 Development Blitz in October and Louth would like to enter a team or two.

We are looking for 3 players from each club that are 13 this year (born 2005).  We will need some help from other club coaches to deliver this.

Can club coaches please send players names by August 13th to markamcnamee@yahoo.ie

 

London v Louth, 12th August – big match preview

Preview

Louth travel to London this weekend safe in the knowledge that as result of convincing wins over Antrim and Kilkenny a place in the last four of the All-Ireland  Junior Championship has been secured with the hosts also  joining them after their impressive victory over Antrim recently.

In that game London started very  slowly and fell seven points behind inside the opening eight minutes but a strong comeback by the visitors saw them take a one point lead into the break.

Antrim were on top for most of the second half and It didn’t look good for Paddy Bowles’s team as they trailed by 5 points with less than ten minutes remaining. A Fiona Morrissey goal gave them renewed hope and a further four unanswered points ensured London were jubilant at the end winning on a 3.13 to 2.14 scoreline. Mayo native Lisa Cafferky was in sparkling form hitting 2.07. In a bid to curb her influence, Antrim moved their midfielder Jenny McCavana  back to keep tabs on the Parnell’s star but the corner forward continued to pose a constant threat.

With not being involved in league action the Antrim game would have been invaluable for the exiles. They now know where the bar is set and are not far off it. They have home advantage against Louth and Cafferky is a pivotal figure for them upfront and will be confident of making it three wins from as many outings and finishing the group stages with a 100% record

Antrim manager Paddy Bowles praised the resilience his charges showed in Belfast, “When a team has belief it usually always stands to them in challenging situations. There’s work still to be done but the important thing is the team learn from playing against physically stronger teams”. Bowles admitted he was relieved to get the victory  but was proud of his team after being given a stern test by an Antrim team who had to win to stay alive in the competition. “I knew this was going to be a tough test, but I also discovered how much spirit and character there is in this team. This result could be the making of the team. There will be even tougher challenges to come starting with Louth  on Sunday in Ruislip.” concluded the Limerick man

Louth are on a good run with impressive championship wins over, Kilkenny {twice) Carlow, and Antrim and their management will have been pleased with the showing of Jenny McGuinness and Alanna Conlon who hit 4.12 between them against Kilkenny in what was the duo’s first appearance for their county this year

Louth manager Darren Bishop says his side will be adopting the same routine as they always do,

“We will be approaching this match just like any other game. As I’ve said to the panel we can only control our own performance and that’s what we are looking to do every time we enter the playing field. A win in London will leave us Group winners and that’s what we set out to achieve in our three Championship matches

Confidence is high among the team after our previous championship performances, however we take nothing for granted as you are only as good as your last performance. We will be taking our full squad to London and we will get another look at one or two players  that are working hard in training.

Since the beginning of the year we have lost three key players that played in the Division 4 League final. We do hope to have at least one of these girls, Rebecca Carr back in the next fortnight.

This match will be a severe test for us as London have a large pick of players from many Irish counties with most of them playing for their home county before traveling to England. So they will bring a huge  test to our side” concluded the Louth manager.

In the only previous meeting of these counties a decade ago in Ruislip, London came on top by 2.10 to 1.07. Louth then managed by Ardee man Brian Carroll had a disappointing league campaign and received a bye into the Leinster Final due to the late withdrawal of Carlow.

Despite this Louth played some wonderful football in the provincial decider with the concession of three goals in as many minutes midway through the opening half crucial in their 5.08 to  0.16 defeat to Wicklow

The Louth team which lined out against London in 2008 was;

Caoimhe Breen, Karen Rafferty, Ciara Rafferty, Jenny Agnew, Grainne Mackin, Edel McKeown, Grace Lynch, Orlaith Kirk, Catherine McGee, Tara Lynch, 0-01, Roseanna Heaney 0-03, Linda Finnegan, Patricia Marmion, Michelle McMahon, 0-01, Maree Brennann 0-01,

Subs; Maeve O’Hare, 1-00, Deirdre Lynch, Niamh Reid, 0.01,Lyn Savage, Kim Lynch, AnneMaree Lynch, Broonagh McGrane, Olivia Grant.

Report by Dermot Woods

Graphic by Bronagh McGrane

Louth 6-24 Kilkenny 1-06

Tough conditions on Saturday but the Louth Ladies claimed their place in the All Ireland Junior Championship semi-finals with a big win over Kilkenny in Stabannon.

Read the match report from dundalksport.ie

A few pictures from Warren Matthews (loads more on facebook);

Sinead Woods claims a high ball
Aoife Russell on the break
Eimear Byrne shoots for goal

Report from the Dundalk Democrat

Alanna Conlon top-scored with 3-6 as Louth ladies qualified for the All-Ireland JFC semi-finals at Stabannon on Saturday. For the third time this year, the Wee County brushed past Kilkenny in sealing their place in the last four.

Darren Bishop’s side led 1-6 to no-score after just seven minutes with Cooley Kickhams ace Lauren Boyle opening the scoring with a point before adding 1-1. Another Kickhams player, Niamh Rice also added two points, while Conlon and Jennifer McGuinness got in on the scoring act.

The Reds would post 3-17 before the Noresiders got off the mark with the final score of an incredibly one-sided opening half. Although, in fairness, the Cats’ preparation wasn’t overly favourable having been late arriving at the ground due to traffic congestion on the motorway.

Aoife Russell and Conlon scored Louth’s second and third goals.

After hitting nine first half wides, on top of their resounding total, the hosts immediately got back about their business after the restart as Conlon added 1-2 to her total before another run of Louth points followed Kilkenny’s second minor.

Conlon completed her hat-trick, as Boyle and Sinead Woods found the target, before, in the dying embers, McGuinness stuck away her side’s sixth goal from the penalty spot.

“It’s a good result,” said Louth manager Darren Bishop. “The girls played very well and it was always going to be tough to motivate yourself to play Kilkenny. They were bottom of the group in Division Four and they’ve had a very tough championship campaign.

“But our girls can only play what’s in front of them and I think they did. 6-24, it’s not bad, but there is definitely things to work on, probably the misses more so. We could probably have added 3-6 or 3-7 to our total.”

Louth: Una Pearson; Claire Donnelly, Michelle McMahon, Shannen McLoughlin; Michelle McArdle, Ceire Nolan, Bronagh McGrane; Sinead Woods (0-2), Eimear Byrne; Jennifer McGuinness (1-5), Aoife Russell (1-3), Niamh Rice (0-3); Lauren Boyle (1-5), Aine Breen, Alanna Conlon (3-6)

Subs: Coirin Rice, Shauna Markey, Leanne Sharkey, Grainne Murray, Róisín Osborne

Louth 3-17 Antrim 1-09

Louth got their All-Ireland Junior Football Championship campaign off to the perfect start with a significant win over Antrim in Kilkerley on Saturday aftertoon.

In an exciting contest played in glorious weather it was the Northern side who opened the scoring when Caitlin Taggart shot over inside the first minute but Louth came back with two brilliant points from Niamh Rice to go 2-1 ahead by the sixth minute.

Lauren Boyle added to that lead as she benefited from good work by Sinead Woods  and Aoife Russell but  Antrim were  back level midway through the half as  Aoife Taggart and a fisted effort from midfielder Jenny McCavana were both on target  .

Aoife Russell and Anna Finnegan then swapped points before the game’s first goal arrived on twenty one minutes as a Niamh Rice pass found Lauren Boyle in space and the Cooley Kickhams star unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot to the corner of the net for  the game’s  opening goal

Boosted by this score Louth  grabbed the initative  for the the remainder of the half and added a further five points to their credit  from Bonnie Fleming (1) Aoife Russell (2) and Lauren Boyle (2), and after a short delay the latter’s last score waved wide by the umpires, and with no hawk eye to call on  Referee Declan Carolan overuled  their call and awarded the score which ensured the Reds went to the break five ahead, 1-9 to 0-07.

Despite emerging for the second period with intent, the Saffrons who themselves were short a number of established players including Aine Devlin who picked up a leg injury in training recently, could only register a single  point despite enjoying more possession  against a well organised home defence, whereas a more economical  Louth were more  clinical, hitting the visitors for five points – with Sineád Woods, Boyle (3) and newcomer Bonnie Fleming raising white flags.

Leading 1-14 to 0-8 with 18 minutes to go, Boyle’s intercepted  a misdirected pass and the livewire corner forward crashed an unstoppable shot  past  Antrim keeper Anna McCann to put the game firmly out of the Saffron county’s reach.

Lauren Boyle

The  teen sensation completed her hat-trick moments later with a calm finish as she placed her shot carefully into the corner of the net to  ensure  a comfortable victory for the home side, who must surely fancy their chances to reach the semi-finals with a home tie against Kilkenny on Saturday week and a trip to the English capital on August 11th to take on London  in their remaining group matches.

The other group consists of Limerick, Carlow and Derry teams that Louth have beaten in the League, with the top two counties in each group advancing to the All-Ireland semi-finals.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the victory was that Louth overcame the absences of several key players to emerge triumphantly. Rachel Kane, Rebecca Carr, Susan Byrne, Paula Murray, Emma Singleton and  Deirbhle Osborne were all missing, while  full-back Eilish Hand went off through injury after only ten minutes.

These enforced changes forced the Louth management to play their key forward Kate Flood at midfield and to draft in a number of replacements including ex Monaghan Harps player Bonnie Fleming, Abbi O’Connor and the returning Eimear Byrne whose last appearance in a Louth jersey was against Offaly in the 2017 Intermediate Championship played in Mullingar

Speaking after the game, Louth manager Darren Bishop said: “It was a good, tough and physical test which the Louth team needed. The first half was a great test with some good scores from both teams.

“Losing our full-back after 10 minutes meant a reshuffle was needed, but the defence stuck to their task well.

“Our forwards were on form in the second half which was impressive, most notably Lauren Boyle scoring 3-7 over the course of the match.

“We’d some very good performances from our newcomers with Bonnie Fleming making her championship debut. Over the next few weeks, we will look to get back a number of our injured players, but we have strength in the panel.

“We’re very pleased to pick up our first victory in the All-Ireland series and look forward to our next match.

Antrim mentor Micheal Girvan  felt the opening goal was crucial, ” It was pretty even for the first 20 minutes, the goal knocked us back and they added a further five points before the interval. We started the second half well but were unable to take our chances. Louth absorbed the pressure very well and were more clinicial with their finishing. They were the better side but the scoreline flattered them a little bit.

On this showing Louth look the team to beat, as for ourselves all is not lost, we’ve got to pick ourselves up and beat London and Kilkenny to remain in contention” concluded the St.Patricks (Lisburn) clubman.

Louth: Una Pearson; Michelle McMahon, Eilish Hand, Shannen McLoughlin; Eimear Murray, Ceire Nolan, Bronagh McGrane; Sineád Woods (0-01), Kate Flood; Emma McArdle, Aoife Russell (0-02), Niamh Rice (0-04); Lauren Boyle (3-07), Bonnie Fleming (0-03), Áine Breen Subs: Michelle McArdle, Rebecca Howell, Eimear Byrne

Antrim: Anna McCann; Caoimhoimhe Stewart, Emma Kelly, Maria Hanna; Ciara Brown, Stephanie Corcoran, Niamh McIntosh; Jenny McCavana (0-01), Lara Dehunsi,Caitlin Taggart (0-01), Cathy Carey (0-03), Aoife Taggart (0-01); Anna Kearney, Anna Finnegan (0-02), Colleen Quinn Subs: Orlaith Prenter (0-01), Emily Falloon (1-00), Eleanor Mallon

Referee: Declan Carolan (Down)

Report by Dermot Woods

Report from Louth U12s win in the Leinster A Blitz

The Louth U12s

On June 23rd, Louth U12 Ladies team travelled down to the Leinster A Blitz in Portlaoise.

The panel consisted of 22 girls, who hail from 12 different clubs across Louth and have been training together over the past number of months. We set off at 6:30 from Dundalk and on arrival, we were informed we would be facing Wicklow, Offaly, Longford.

Although this was the first competition that the girls have entered as a county, you would not have guessed it, as they performed as a team who have played together their whole lives. The girls played excellently and gave it their all, in extremely hot conditions with no shade. From the get go, they just continued to score point after point and goal after goal in all three matches.

The team played exceptionally well and won all of their matches in the division, meaning the progressed to the final. We met Offaly in the Final and we were delighted when our captain Mischa Rooney was awarded the cup, on behalf of the team, for winning the Final.

Happy players and mentors with the cup!

 

 

 

Coaches, Christopher Mackin and Clodagh McClean look forward to a very promising year after the outstanding display of football and teamwork that we saw over the course of the day. Congratulations to all who took part and thanks to the parents who supported the team both from home and the side line.

Team: Aisling Crinnion, Ciara Mason, Aoife McGee, Maggie Holland, Alannah McGlew, Brigh McEnteggert, Anna Dawson, Mischa Rooney, Lucy White, Lucy Sheridan, Sophie O’Hanlon, Ellen Smith, Nicole Flynn, Ciara Murphy, Heather Breen, Niamh Callaghan, Sarah McGrath, Erin Malone, Abi McArdle, Caoimhe Loughran, Shauna Farrell.

Update on the Louth Ladies Advanced Development Squad

Louth Ladies Advanced Development Squad 2018

On Wednesday 11th July the LLADS played Roche/Na Piarsaigh in Pairc an tAthair Uí Dhubhthaigh on the Rock Rd.

It was a chance for the LLADS girls to put their weeks of training into action and they put on an excellent display of skill and speed.

This was the squads first full game together, the link-up play and team work was top notch. The majority of the squad walked onto the field as strangers but they walked off as a team.  With clubs like Cooley, Pats, Gers, Mary’s, Hunterstown, Blues, O’Rahaillighs, Kilkerley and the Clans represented it’s a testament to the dedication of these girls to ladies football.  They train every week, are eager to learn and never complain, they are a credit to their clubs and their county.

We would like to thank the Roche/Na Piarsaigh ladies and mentors for giving us a fantastic game and to Na Piarsaigh for the use of their facilities.

LLADS Management Team

Louth Ladies Minor Team Manager Vacancy

Manager Vacancy

Louth Ladies County Board are currently seeking applications for the position of Ladies County Minor Team Manager.

Applicants must be suitably qualified by having, or be in the process of obtaining, the following minimum requirements

  • Code of Ethics
  • Foundation Course
  • Garda Vetting

Previous managerial experience is desirable but not essential.

Applications by post or email to Liam O’Neill, Secretary Of Louth LGFA

All applications including your CV must be in on or before Friday July 20th.

Leinster Junior Champions 2018 – Louth 3-09 Carlow 0-08

Congratulations to our Ladies team and management on winning the Leinster Junior Championship.

See dundalksport.ie for report, great reaction and more super photos from Warren Matthews.

Celebrations for team and management!
Captain Kate Flood receives the cup.
Happy scenes on the sideline
Player of the match Kate Flood.
Katherine McGlew in action
Ceire Nolan sets-up another attack
Leinster Junior Champions 2018