Louth Ladies cruise into Leinster Junior Championship Final

Louth turned in another impressive display as they defeated Wexford 3-14 to 2-5 to qualify for the Leinster Junior Championship Final.

Louth turned in another impressive display as they defeated Wexford 3-14 to 2-5 to qualify for the Leinster Junior Championship Final.

The Wee County proved too strong for the visitors in Stabannon on Sunday afternoon and their reward is a meeting with Offaly in two weeks time in Carlow.

The Louth girls made a slow start and were a point down on four minutes while Una Pearson had to be alert to prevent the visitors adding a goal.

The home side did get off the mark on seven minutes through Grace Lynch as she finished off a fine passing move but Wexford regained the lead almost immediately as mid-fielder Fiona Rochford raced through the Louth backline to fire over.

Bore Down

However the game turned in Louth’s direction on nine minutes when Kate Flood was fouled as she bore down on goal picked herself up to score the opening goal from the spot kick.

Within a minute, Ciara O’Connor set off on another trademark run and side steped two players before planting the ball in the net to make it 2-1 to 0-2.

Points followed from Jenny McGuinness (0-2) and a superb effort from distance by Kate Flood to put Louth well in command with a 2-4 to 0-2 lead on 16 minutes.

Wexford gave themselves hope with a goal on 19 minutes as full forward Aisling Murphys fine shot gave Una Pearson no chance, but Louth hit back with two points from Rosanna Heeney to go 2-6 to 1-3 ahead.

Wexford then had a setback as keeper Mary Rose Kelly dashed off her line to cut out a high centre but Lisa Kelly got there first and as the niece of Irish soccer star Gary Kelly headed for goal she was pulled down by the St.Fintans player which saw Kelly sent to the sin-bin.

Two Rosanna Heeney points extended the Louth lead to 2-6 to 1-2 in the 20th minute.

The visitors added a point from Rochford and got a real boost as a fine pass by Murphy found Tara Moloney who had the simple task of finding the Louth net from close range, but it was the reds who had the final say of the half as a foul on Aine McGee resulted in a free being converted by Heaney to leave Louth ahead at the break by 2-7 to 2-3 but the game was very much in the balance.

Impressive

Louth began the second half in impressive fashion with points from Rosanna Heeney (0-3), Jenny McGuinness and Kate Flood to go 2-12 to 2-3 ahead.

The visitors refused to give up and added a point from a free by Clara Donnelly while Una Pearson pulled off two smart saves either side of a superbly taken Jenny McGuinness goal after good link up play with Vikki McGinn to leave it 3-12 to 2-4.

Any hopes Louth had of cruising through the final ten minutes were dashed when they lost Kate Flood, Patricia Marmion and Ciara O’Connor to the sin bin between the 49th and 52nd minutes.

However, the 12 players defended very impressively and even managed two points through Jenny McGuinness to make it 3-14 to 2-4 before a late Wexford point completed the scoring.

Once again it was a great team performance by Louth with many stars on the day including, Una Pearson, Andrea Carney, Patricia Marmion, Kate Flood, Rosanna Heeney and Jenny McGuinness.