Roche take Cooley scalp on opening day
THE big game on the opening weekend of the Ladies GAA season saw Roche Emmets turn over county champions Cooley Kickhams in an entertaining and hard-fought tussle in Division 1.
Roche used a strong win to good effect in the first period to retite with a commanding 1-9 to 0-3 lead. An early goal from Derbhla Beagley gave the blues real hope of causing an upset.
Cooley struggled to make use of the elements in the third quarter, but they mustered a stirring comeback in the closing stages. Eibhlin Rice netted a goal and also struck the crossbar, as did 14 year old Lauren Boyle.
However, Roche were able to hold out to beat last year's League and Championship winners by 1-9 to 1-7.
Elsewhere in Division 1 St Pat's and 2013 championship finalists Newtown Blues played out an entertaining draw, 2-7 to 1-10. Pat's went in five points down at half time having played against the wind, but fought back in the second half to land a share of the spoils.
Dowdallshill proved too strong for Geraldines in another game that was affected by a strong breeze. The Geraldines started with the wind at their backs and opened a three-point lead, but a goal from Ciara O'Connor brought Dowdallshill into the game. Further points from Emily Norton, Sinead McGill and another Ciara O'Connor goal gave them lead at the break and they held out well in the second-half to win by 3-10 to 2-8.
In the final top tier game of the weekend Stabannon Parnells got off to a winning start in Louth Village. In an entertaining game both sides scored some fine scores but in the end Stabannan proved too strong and landed a 3-15 to 2-2 victory.
ST MARY'S overcome Naomh Martin by a single goal as Michelle McMahon inspired the Ardee girls to victory. The Louth captain scored 2-2 as Mary's win out by 2-11 to 1-11.
Goals also proved crucial for Stabannon B as they saw off Dreadnots by 3-4 to 1-7.
Kilkerly Emmets netted six goals as they brushed aside the challenge of Newtown Blues (B) by 6-11 to 1-5, while Mattock Rangers also bagged six in their 6-9 to 4-7 win over Na Piarsaigh.
Glen Emmets proved far too strong for Naomh Martin (B) , winning out by 5-10 to 1-3, while Clan Na Gael also recorded a big win over O'Raghalliagh's 4-16 to 0-1.
Louth Under-14s travelled to Kilkenny for their second game of the year at the weekend and maintained their fantastic start with a 6-18 to 1-5 victory over the Cats. In their opening game the Louth girls steamrolled Carlow by 8-18 to 1-5.