Tuesday 12 December 2017

Bennett seals final spot for Royals

ladies football

Meath produced their best performance in a long time to stun Laois 3-7 to 1-8 in Summerhill and set up a second successive TG4 Leinster SFC final clash with Dublin.

Sinead Coyle netted a first-half penalty before Jenny Rispin added another goal approaching half-time to put Meath in firm control, but Tracey Lawlor's goal reduced the gap to 2-5 to 1-3 at the interval.

With less than 10 minutes remaining, Meath had tagged on just one more point as Laois got to within touching distance with four.

However, Aine Bennett settled Meath's nerves with a goal from a penalty three minutes from time as the Royals reached a third straight Leinster final – they have lost the last two.

Meanwhile, holders Dublin made sure of their place in the final as they beat Kildare 3-17 to 1-12 at Naomh Mearnog.

Two goals in a minute midway through the first half from Sinead Goldrick and Lindsey Davey helped the Dubs to a 2-10 to 1-5 interval lead, with Aine Gately pulling back a goal on the stroke of half-time.

But Dublin added a third goal with six minutes remaining, scored by Natalia Hyland, to wrap up an impressive win.


Kilkenny maintained their 100pc start to the Liberty Insurance senior championship and inflicted a first defeat on Clare in the process in a thrilling tie at Nowlan Park.

The Noresiders finished strongly to win 1-10 to 0-11 after Clare had looked to have made a significant move entering the final quarter.

Kilkenny were already two points clear when Denise Gaule pounced for a 14th-minute goal, but Clare responded well with four consecutive points from Roisin McMahon (two frees), Chloe Morey (free) and Naomi Carroll to leave them trailing by the minimum at half-time, 1-4 to 0-6.

Morey brought the sides level early in the second half from another long-range free and it was nip-and-tuck from there to the end.

Clare hit the front thanks to scores from the excellent Deirdre Murphy and McMahon but Kilkenny found another level when needed, points from Power, Michelle Quilty (free) and Ann Dalton snatching victory.

After a far-from-ideal build-up, with JJ Doyle replacing Martin Lynch as manager just two weeks ago, Wexford must have been relieved to get their four-in-a-row bid under way at Crumlin's O'Toole Park.

While they were far from fluid, the champions had enough in hand over senior championship newcomers Derry to win 2-12 to 1-5.

They led by 1-7 to 0-4 at half-time having gotten off to a strong start with three points from Ursula Jacob and a goal by Brid Gordon.

Bridget Curran and Karen Kielt exchanged scores early in the latter period, but Katrina Parrock's 40th-minute goal gave Doyle's crew some breathing space. Katie McAnenly breached their defences with 10 minutes remaining, but Wexford had enough in hand to coast home.

Irish Independent

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