St Kevins win U12 South League

Congratulations to St Kevins who won the U12 South League Final Replay today, beating St Fechins by a scoreline of 2-03 to 0-03.

 

News Update – U12 League Finals, Senior & Intermediate Championship

Thursday was a good evening for Geraldines as their Senior Ladies confirmed their place in the Senior Championship semi-finals and their U12s won the Under-12 North League Final.

In Haggardstown a 5-9 to 2-10 win over St Mochtas in Senior Championship Group A means the Gers are through to the semi-final as group winners  where they will play Group B runners-up Newtown Blues. St Mochtas will be hoping to hold on to the second qualifying spot they currently hold. The remaining fixtures in the group will see the Brides, Roche/Na Piarsiagh and Stabannon fight it out, all still in with a chance of overtaking the Mochtas.

Meanwhile in Kilkerley the future Geraldines stars played the U12 North League Final against their old rivals Cooley Kickhams, with the Gers winning out on a score of 2-7 to 1-6.

Action from the U12 North League Final

The Under 12 South League Final is on Saturday when St Kevins take on St Fechins in Knockbridge at 12pm.

In the Senior Championship Stabannon take on visitors Roche/NaPiarsiagh on Sunday at 11; a “must win” for both teams to stay alive in the competition.

Senior Group A

Intermediate Group A comes to a conclusion on Sunday at 11. St Pat’s are already confirmed as semi-finalists, with the Dreadnots hoping to join them after their match. Clans and O’Raghallaighs/Plunketts also meet, both looking for their first win of the campaign.

Intermediate Group A

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

 

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

Championship Update, semi-final spots confirmed, others still up for grabs

Following this week-end’s club championship fixtures the semi-finals line-up in both the Senior and Intermediate competitions is becoming clearer.

St Mochtas forward Emma Quinn gets away from Stabannon’s Bronagh McGrane in Sunday’s Senior Championship game in Louth Village. Picture: Warren Matthews

Senior Group A is still wide open; Geraldines and St Mochtas currently occupy the top spots but with Roche/NaPiarsaigh, St Brides and Stabannon all with two games remaining, none of them are out of the running.

Senior Group B has come to a conclusion, with Cooley taking first place. The Blues won the shoot-out for second place with a convincing win over St Kevins on Sunday. So, Cooley and Newtown Blues have semi-final places secured.

In Intermediate Group A St Pats top the table and have secured a semi-final spot after their win in Monasterboice on Sunday. Dreadnots currently hold the second semi-final place on points difference over Naomh Mairtin/Glen Emmets after a big win over the Clans, but they will need to at least keep in touch with St Pats in their final group match in two weeks time to keep that place. The two Division 3 teams, Clan na Gael and O’Raghallaighs/Plunketts will fight it out for their first win of the competition in their last game of the group.

Intermediate Group B is also concluded. Mattock have finished on top with an impressive three wins out of three. The Fechins, Glyde and Finbarrs all finished equal on points with just one win each, but St Fechins have secured the second semi-final place by the slimmest of margins with a 2 point score difference advantage over Glyde.

Full results and group tables are in our results section.

Championship fixtures this evening. Stabannon v Brides OFF.

The Stabannon v St Brides Senior Championship Group A fixture is postponed due to a bereavement in the Stabannon club.

Other games on this evening are;

Senior Group A:

Roche/Na Piarsiagh v St Mochtas

Intermediate Group A:

Clan na nGael v Naomh Mairtin/Glen Emmets

O’Raghallaighs/Plunketts v Dreadnots

 

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