Kilmessan 2-7 V The Harps 1-15
The current All Ireland Junior Club Champions The Harps from Laois travelled to Meath to take on Kilmessan in the Leinster Club Semi-Final. Kilmessan knew that this was going to be a big task as The Harps have won the past three All Ireland Club titles.
Kilmessan with some notable county players on board did not let their club down as they pushed hard and defended well during the game.
The Harps with the three Mahony sisters Aine, Louise & Elaine certainly having a winning combination as they took scores with ease during the game.
Kilmessan Caoimhe O’Leary playing at full back and was drawn out of defence on a number of occasion during the first half. This did not stop her defending well and clearing some vital balls. Etaoin Doyle was also on hand to intercept some of the Harps forward passes.
The Harps were first to score with a point from a free by Louise Mahony, Aine pointed from play in the 10th minute and Louise followed with a further two points before their corner forward Emma Saunders scored the first goal in the 20th minute.
Kilmessan took longer to get passed the Harps defence and in the 23rd minute Aileen Donnelly pointed from a free and within the next minute Anne Marie Dennehy got Kilmessans first goal which gave them some hope. Aine and Louise Mahony added one point a piece and Aileen Donnelly pointed from a free to leave the score at half time : Kilmessan 1-2 the harps 1-6
In the second half The Harps pushed ahead with some fine play and scores, their full back Denise Quigley was solid in defence, the Mahony sisters never gave up and Claire Walsh and Joanne Prior also worked hard in attack. Kilmessan’s
Kilmessans Lisa Tyrell got the opening point of the second half and the Harps followed with seven unanswered points (Aine mahony 0-3, Louise Mahony 0-2 & Elaine Mahony 0-2), before Kilmessan Aileen Donnelly took a free in the 50th minute which she blasted to the harps net.
Kilmessan forwards took some scoring chances in the last 15 minutes of the game as Lisa Tyrell, Katie Ni Choileann and Aileen Donnelly pointed from play. It was all too late for Kilmessan as The Harps got two additional scores from Aine Mahony.
The Harps : Helen Keane, Joan Dollard, Denise Quigley, Deirdre Holland, Michelle Fitzpatrick, Catriona Phelan, Claire Walsh, Elaine Mahony 0-2, Louise Mahony 0-6, Angela Hanlon, Joanne Prior, Maire Dunne, Aine Mahony 0-7, theresa Bennett, Emma Saunders 1-0.
Kilmessan: Noreen Sheridan, Nicola Lynch, Caoimhe o’Leary, Etaoin Doyle, Emma Fitzgerald, Alison Lynch, Aileen Donnelly 1-4, frances Lynch, Stephanie horan, Michelle Horan, Lisa Tyrell 0-2, Ciara Ni choileann, Orla Doyle, Katie Ni Choileann 0-1, Anne Marie Dennehy 1-0.
Subs Karen Ward for Orla Doyle, Aishling McLoughlin for Michelle Horan.
Under 18 Championship
Blackhall Gaels 0-1 Killyon 4-8
Killyon had a good start to their Under 18 Championship with a good win over Blackhall Gaels, Killyon started well and impressed throughout with Hazel Coleman, Emma Foley, Lisa Foley, Stacey Duignan & Maudanne Foley all doing well. Blackhall did try hard and were unlucky not to have more scores up on the board. Amy Crosbie Aishling Keane, Kristina
Killyon : Christine Darby, Serena Ryan, Hazel Coleman, Serena Tracey, Emma Foley, Sinead Kennedy, Katie Maguire, Lisa Foley, Stacey duignan, Elizabeth Raleigh, Maudanne foley, Browyn Massey, Kristy O’Neill, Amy Gannon, Ciara Foley.
Subs : Olivoa Healy for Kristy O’Neill, Jade Massey for Maudanne foley.
Blackhall Gaels : Lisa Kelly, Ciara Whitty, Amy Crosbie, Aideen Nolan, Aileen Coyle, Aisling Keane, Emer Keane, Kristina Troy (0-1), Lauren Lucas, Liann Rafter, Ann Murphy, Niamh Keane, Jayne Mangan, Eva Delany, Aoife Maye