Offaly U-16’s had a great win on Sunday against a very strong Westmeath team in the Leinster Championship semi-final in Clara.
This was a fantastic game of football with both teams giving it their all. The Offaly girls took control early in the first half and the score at the interval was Offaly 1-6 to Westmeath 1-3.
Westmeath came out in the second half with great determination and played some lovely football. Offaly gave away a lot of frees and the Westmeath free taker punished the faithful ladies and the visitors took the lead half way through the second half.
However the Offaly girls were not going to give away the chance of a Leinster final spot. Some great goal keeping from Offaly’s Lauren Dunne along with some crucial changes from the side-line saw the Offaly girls come away with a great victory. The final score was Offaly 4-9 to Westmeath 2-9. They now await the result of the Louth v Wicklow game to see who they will meet in the Leinster final in July.
Well done to the girls and the Management team of Tony Guinan, Padraig Malone, Gabriel Gorman, Deirdre Brickland-Kearney and Laura O’ Meara.
Team and panel: Lauren Dunne, Niamh Mooney, Shauna Farrelly, Ciara Flynn, Cathy Ennis, Eimear Nally, Ciara Brady, Ciara O’ Connor, Grainne Dolan (1-0), Claire Connolly, Katie Killeen, Noelle Cocoman, Aoife Corbett, Roisin Egan (2-6), Becca Gorman (1-2). Subs: Ellie McEvoy (0-1) for Aoife Corbett, Danielle Kavanagh for Niamh Mooney, Nicole Farrelly for Ciara Flynn, Orla Whelan for Eimear Nally, Emma Dolan for Cathy Ennis, Ciara Galvin, Claudia Darcy, Emma Johnston, Aoife Brady and Ann Daly.
The Offaly U-14’s took part in the All Ireland Blitz on Saturday in Kinnegad and the girls had a great day to finish off the season. We would like to thank each and every one of the girls who dedicated their time for the last four months to their County Team. We wish them the best of luck as they return to their Clubs to take part in the County Championships. We looked forward to working with you all again next year.
Offaly Ladies would like to send Padraig and Karen the best of luck as the start their married life together on June 1. Also to all the young ladies in the County the best of luck as they start their Junior and Leaving Cert Exams .
U-16 A Championship semi- final: St Rynagh’s 4-6 Naomh Ciaran 6-9. Naomh Ciaran awaits results from Rhode V Edenderry in other semi -final.
U-16 B Championship semi- final: Tullamore 10-20 Shamrocks 0-4; Killeigh/St Vincent’s 9-12 Clara 1-6.