Last Saturday the Louth U14 ladies team travelled to Kinnegead Co. Westmeath to the All Ireland blitz.
With a 6.30am start 25 of the 31 squad was available to play in the blitz up against Down, Fermanagh, Longford and Sligo.
With only 10 minutes per game games, all girls were rotated as the level of football was very high, playing against division 2 teams with Louth and Longford only in division 3.
A great start with first game against Fermanagh saw Louth winning 4-3 to 0-2.
Then a tough match against Down until the last five minutes when Louth ran away 3-7 to 1-3 winners. However the score did not reflect the closeness of the game.
With Longford withdrawing from the competition and other results going in Louth’s favour the Wee County reached the final against Sligo.
The final which was fifteen minutes a side was very tough, with both teams drawing at half time 0-4 to 1-1.
As tiredness set in on both teams, substitutes were very important, however Sligo went on to win by one point - 0-6 to 1-4. This was still a great achievement for the Louth team, who were just pipped at the post to the Connacht Division 2 champions.
The Louth team next game is in the Division 3B championship against Carlow on June 8 and then they travel to Ventry Co. Kerry the following weekend for a training weekend with Daragh O Shea which includes training sessions and games to finish of a long season as the girls have been training hard all winter from the middle of December.
LOUTH U14: Aoife Copas, Ciara Matthews, Megan Orr, Ciara Eccles, Aoife O’Brein, Naoise Mc Connon, Emma White, Grainne Murray, Jade Reddy, Kate Burns, Lynn Craven, Megan Scully, Emma Mc Arlde, Shayleen Mc Donagh ( Captain), Aoife Russell, Ava o Shaughnessy, Niamh Quigley, Bronagh McArdle, Racheal Mc Nally, Laura Traynor, Shannon Morgan, Fionnuala Cafferty, Blaithin Sharkey, Katie Todd, Lauren Boyle, Abbi O’Connor, Sarah McArdle, Faith Mc Court, Kate Keenen, Anna Dunne, Sorcha McCooey. Management and training coaches: Edel Woods, Sonia Gernon,and John Carr with college student Niamh Laverty helping out.