Clinical Display Sees Louth Advance to Quarter Finals

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Louth Ladies traveled to Clane Co. Kildare on Sunday to play Offaly in what was to be a battle for the last position in the All Ireland Intermediate  Quarter Finals.

The match was played at a furious pace from the off and an early save from Una Pearson set the stage.

Offaly were first off the mark but Louth clawed back 3 points on the trot from Lauren Boyle, Denise McKenna and Rebecca Carr to go into the first water break 3 points to 1 in the lead.

Louth continued the scoring prowess with a further 4 points from Laura Collins (2) Lauren Boyle and Kate Flood one a peice. Offaly then took advantage of an uncharacteristic  open Louth defense just before half time to score a goal against the run of play.

Score at half time Offaly 1 – 3 Louth 7 points.

Offaly were first out of the blocks with a point to set down their intentions in the second half, but Louth’s composure in their defense allowed for quick movement of the ball resulting in 2 points from Niamh Rice and Michelle McMahon.

Louth kept to their task and with further pressure scored 2 goals from Kate Flood and Niamh Rice to go into the water break leading 2 – 9 to Offaly 1 – 5

With Offaly opening up at the back and playing more attacking football they were rewarded with a goal. But the Louth Ladies’s held firm scoring 2 goals in 2 minutes from Kate Flood and Laura Collins also a point from Roisin Kavanagh . Louth now well in the lead Offaly tried to salvage a win and scored a goal for their efforts. Ultimately Louth’s defense stood firm and finished off what was an overall excellent team effort to advance into the quarter finals.

Martina  Nolan, Louth Ladies PRO