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2009 Laois Ladies SFC


Round 1


IT was a bad day all around at the office for Park/Ratheniska in the opening round of the Ladies SFC on Sunday. In a game that began at 5pm and finished at 7.15 they lost Mona Barry with a serious injury.

 Ballylinan v Park Ratheniska  

In first half injury-time the midfielder was involved in a clash with Ballylinan’s Rhona Julian. Barry sustained a neck injury and as a precaution was not moved until an ambulance arrived. This resulted in the game being delayed for almost 45 minutes until the stricken Barry was removed to hospital, where she still remains at the time of going to press. When play finally resumed, Ballylinan were in the driving seat and would run out comfortable winners.

Ratheniska opened the scoring after 13 minutes when Trish Fennelly’s flick was collected by Trina Folan who smashed the ball over the bar. This, however, was to be Park’s only first half score.

Ballylinan responded in the best possible fashion, with a goal. Chloe Ryan ran along the end line and fisted the ball across the goal where Louise Doyle was waiting to fist it to the net.

Ballylinan’s Australian full-forward Clare Kelleher extended her side’s advantage with a well taken point. Anna Moore followed this with an excellent solo point to leave her team four points up with 20 minutes gone.

Just before we had the long delay for the unfortunate injury, Ballylinan got their second goal of the game. Rhona Julian’s lobbed ball found Louise Doyle who rounded the advancing keeper and finished to the back of the net.

After the long delay, Ballylinan added two further points from a Chloe Ryan free and another Louise Doyle solo point to leave the half time score at 2-4 to 0-1.

Ratheniska opened the half brightly with a well taken point from Katy Spillane but this was almost instantly cancelled out by a point from Deirdre O’Shea.

A free from Ratheniska substitute Zoe Kelly gave her side some hope but this was soon dashed on the 40th minute when Ballylinan got their third goal. Clare Kelleher was fouled en-route to goal and Chloe Ryan converted the resulting penalty to leave Ballylinan 11 points ahead and cruising.

Caroline Connolly replied with a long range point for Ratheniska but this was cancelled out by another Chloe Ryan free.

Ratheniska rallied well in the final ten minutes, hitting the post and seeing some efforts unlucky to bounce wide or be saved. They did add some respectability to the scoreline with two late Trish Folan frees but they were comprehensively beaten 3-6 to 0-6.

BALLYLINAN: Siobhan Maher; Jane Moore, Ashling Doyle, Ciara Moore; Marie Howe, Tara Farrell, Rhona Julian; Anna Moore (.- .), Denise Mulhare; Kelly Farrell, Alison Miller, Deidre O’Shea (.-.); Chloe Ryan (.-.), Clare Kelleher (.-.), Louise Doyle (.-.).

PARK/RATHENISKA: Carol Browne; Siobhan Gilligan, Anna Walsh, Emily Brennan; Catriona O’Sullivan, Lynn O’Callaghan, Katie Spillane (.-.); Mona Barry, Trish Fennelly; Caroline Connelly (.-.), Amy O’Callaghan, Niamh Kinsella; Denise Kavanagh, Trina Fogarty (.-.), Siobhan Walsh. Sub: Zoe Kelly (.-.) for Barry (..mins).

REFEREE: Seamus O’Shea (Crettyard)


Round 2


TIMAHOE showed their experience on Saturday night and came out with the win but not by a big margin and they probably would have preferred to have a few extra points to spare. A win is a win though and every one of them count in championship football.

The match was a physical battle for both sides and some supporters would agree that it was less than ladylike with at times very little football on display and the referee having to liberally use his yellow card.

Timahoe were without the services of Angela Casey, a huge player on their team. The county star was out due to injury and came on for the last three minutes of the game for the injured, Ann Marie Kelly, at corner forward.

The game was tight throughout and the first half saw Timahoe go in a point up at the break. Goals from Mo Nerney of Timahoe and Deirdre O’Shea on the Ballylinan side added a bit of excitement, while Martina Dunne showed her free taking form for Timahoe, scoring five points, three from frees throughout the game.

The defences were solid for both sides and Louise Delaney commanded the Timahoe full back line, backed up by Martina Cahill and Gráinne Dunne on the halfback line.

For Ballylinan Amy Coss kept things under control in her corner of the field while Aisling Doyle at full back and Tara Farrell at centre back got themselves noticed for all the right reasons.

The score at half-time was Timahoe 1-5 Ballylinan 1-4.

Timahoe pulled away in the second half. Gemma O’Connor and Elizabeth Cahill led by example on the full forward line laying the ball off to young players Mo Nerney and Sarah Quigley on their way in on goals.

At midfield Anna Moore and Aisling Quigley battled it out throughout the game. The county stars made a great pairing battle in the middle of the park.

Sarah Quigley scored the second goal and this separated the teams. Ballylinan couldn’t bridge the gap in the second half, losing out by two points despite the best efforts of their forwards with Kelly Farrell, Deirdre O’Shea and Chloe Ryan all attacking the Timahoe goals.

A little bit more experience on the Ballylinan side might have brought about a different result but that was one of Timahoe’s greatest advantages.

Timahoe took the win and next play Park/Ratheniska tonight (Wednesday). This game will decide the group placings.

TIMAHOE: Bernie Deegan; Gráinne Dunne (jnr), Louise Delaney, Martina Cahill; Alison Hooban, Gráinne Dunne, Trish Lalor; Aisling Quigley, Maggie Murphy; Mo Nerney (.-.), Martina Dunne (.-.), Sarah Quigley ( Ann Marie Kelly, Gemma O’Connor (.-.), Elizabeth Cahill (.-.). Subs: Angela Casey for Ann Marie Kelly (..mins, inj), Rebecca McPhilbin, Shona Barry, Marita O’Connor, Siobhán Delaney Rebecca Whelan, Ríona Duff.

BALLYLINAN: Sabrina Julian; Amy Coss, Aisling Doyle, Jane Moore; Marie Howe, Tara Farrell, Rhona Julian; Anna Moore (.-.), Denise Mulhare (.-.); Kelly Farrell (.-.), Alison Miller (.-.), Deirdre O’Shea (.-.); Chloe Ryan (.-.), Claire Kealy, Louise Doyle


Round 3


SARSFIELDS booked themselves a spot in the senior football county final when they overcame Ballylinan without really moving into top gear.

Sarsfields got the scoring under way with a point from Ciara O’Loughlin in the first minute after a pass from Grace Weston. It was two points in two minutes when Olwyn Farrell converted a free. The fifth minute saw Sarsfields, Aileen O’Loughlin collect a cross field ball and drive in through the Ballylinan defence and rattle the net. Ciara O’Loughlin followed up with two points.

The Mountmellick side’s distribution in front of goals was excellent. Olwyn Farrell’s point in the 14th minute was a perfect example of this when she scored as a direct result of a well and cleverly placed ball from Aileen O’Loughlin on the sideline. Aileen O’Loughlin found the midfielder straight in front of the goals, 25 metres out and Olwyn Farrell tapped the ball over the bar.

Aileen O’Loughlin pointed herself in the 16th minute, just as the rain began to lash down, and that saw Sarsfields finish their scoring tally for the first half.

The 2008 county champions won a penalty in the 17th minute and the Ballylinan goalkeeper, Sabrina Julian, used an interesting tactic of screaming at the kicker, Aileen O’Loughlin. The ball went to the left and wide of the posts.

The score at half-time was Sarsfields 1-6 Ballylinan 0-0.

The first half saw Sarsfields, while having a substantial lead, weren’t out of reach by any manner or means.

They were dominating the play and they had the majority of the possession but they weren’t getting the scores on the board.

Ballylinan’s distribution into attack was letting them down while the strong Sarsfields full back line of Louise Bergin, Lorraine Muckian and Jenny McEvoy were letting the Ballylinan players win very little ball.

Ballylinan were finding it hard to win their kick-outs as Sarsfields dominated the middle of the park.

Ballylinan did come more into the game in the second half. Tara Farrell and Jane Moore stood out in the Ballylinan defence and worked solidly for the second half, tackling and hassling any players that came in their paths.

It was the 37th minute when Ballylinan got their first score on the board. This was a point from a free from left wing forward, Deirdre O’Shea.

Ciara O’Loughlin was in scoring form and with the help of a pass from her sister Aileen she put over her fourth point in the 38th minute and a fifth came two minutes later. Rosemary Bermingham added her name to the score sheet, while there was a 10 minute gap before the next score, this time at the Ballylinan scoring end of the field. Full forward Claire Kelleher-Kealy pointed from play.

Sarsfields did enough to stay in front though and kicked over two more points before Anna Moore responded for Ballylinan. Rachel Williams at full forward for Sarsfields put over a good point from play from outside the 21 metre line to seal the win and secure that important spot in the senior county final.

SARSFIELDS: Lisa Guinane; Grace Weston, Lorraine Muckian, Jenny McEvoy; Alison McEvoy, Mags McEvoy, Laura Quigley; Emma McEvoy, Olwyn Farrell(.-., .f); Louise Bergin, Aileen O’Loughlin (.-., .-.f), Rosemary Bermingham (.-.); Hazel O’Connor, Rachel Williams (.-.), Ciara O’Loughlin (.-.). Subs: Amy Grehan for Quigley (..mins), Aisling Dunphy for Weston (..mins).

BALLYLINAN: Sabrina Julian; Amy Pots, Aisling Doyle, Jane Moore; Marie Howe, Tara Farrell, Rhona Julian; Denise Mulhare, Anna Moore (.-.); Deirdre O’Shea (.-.f), Alison Miller, Kelly Farrell; Louise Doyle, Claire Kelliher-Kealy (.-.), Chloe Ryan. Subs: Orla Nolan for Howe (..mins), Ciara Moore for R. Julian (..mins), Marie Murphy for K. Farrell (..mins), R. Julian for Kelliher-Kealy (..mins).

REFEREE: Seamus O’Shea (St. Joseph’s)


Fixtures :

Saturday 20th April 2013
ACFL Div.2
Ballylinan v Graiguecullen
in Ballylinan at 7pm

Sunday 21st April 2013
ACFL Div.4
Ballylinan v Colt
in Ballylinan at 6pm 

Sunday 21st April 2013
U/14 Féile Peil S/Final
Ballylinan G v Ballyroan Abbey
at 11am 

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