Doonan and O'Reilly scores key as Cavan march on
Cavan 2-17 Laois 1-10
Cavan boss Aidan McCabe admits his charges face a difficult assignment against Waterford in next weekend's TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship round 1 qualifier in Clane.
Cavan accounted for Laois in Saturday's preliminary-round clash, with Aisling Doonan and Claragh O'Reilly very much on song. Doonan bagged 1-5 and O'Reilly added six points as Cavan progressed in Ashbourne.
Cavan rattled off six successive points before half-time to gain a firm grip on proceedings, and Doonan got a goal early in the second-half.
Laois battled gamely, even after Aishling Sheridan had netted Cavan's opening goal in the second minute but Cavan established a comfortable 1-13 to 0-6 half-time advantage.
Caoimhe Simms scored a consolation goal for Laois.
"We know we've a massive task ahead of us," McCabe admitted afterwards.
Scorers - Cavan: A Doonan 1-5 (f), C O'Reilly 0-6 (1f), A Sheridan 1-1, C Smith 0-2, D English, S McGovern & S McKenna 0-1 each. Laois: C Simms 1-0, C Conlon (1f) & E Fitzpatrick 0-2 each, R Williams, LM Maher, E Lawlor, A Kehoe, C Burke, M Nerney (f) 0-1 each.
Cavan - E Walsh; R Doonan, A Cornyn, S Reilly; S Greene, L Fitzpatrick, S Lynch; D English, S O'Sullivan; C Smith, A Doonan, M Sheridan; N Byrd, C O'Reilly, A Sheridan. Subs: S McGovern for C Smith (39), S McKenna for M Sheridan (40), G McLoughlin for R Doonan (49), A O'Reilly for English (55), G Smith for A Doonan (56)
Laois - C Dollard; A Potts, J McEvoy, M Kirwan; A Healy, M McEvoy, L Nerney; A O'Loughlin, A McEvoy; E Fitzpatrick, C Conlon, LM Maher; E Lawlor, R Williams, A Kehoe. Subs: A Haberlin for Williams (h-t), M Nerney for Maher (h-t), C Simms for Kehoe (40), C Burke for Conlon (40).
Ref - G Corrigan (Down).