Congratulations to Leitrim Ladies who won their semifinal today against Fermanagh in the Suzuki National League Division 3.

The final result was
Leitrim 2-10 Fermanagh 2-04

Full report to follow !



23-Apr-06 by Brendan Doyle

Leitrim Ladies Notes:

[b] Suzuki National League:[/b]
Leitrim successfully advanced to the semi final stage of the competition on Sunday last with a deserved 1-13 to 0-02 win over Antrim at St Paul?s GAA club in Belfast. While Leitrim entered the game as favourites having topped Division 3A after an unbeaten campaign to date, Antrim certainly made things difficult on the day, There were good performances from a number of Leitrim players, however finishing Scóring opportunities will have to be improved next weekend if Leitrim are to progress to the final. At the time of writing word has just come through that our opponents in the semi final next Sunday will be Fermanagh and as our last encounter was in Irvinestown, this will be a home game for Leitrim. A venue is unlikely to be confirmed before going to press but will be announced on Shannonside Radio. Although having defeated Fermanagh in February, they had an impressive win over Derry in the quarter final on Sunday and will be confident of overturning the previous result against Leitrim . A win is a must for Leitrim in order to keep the momentum going and more importantly to secure Division 2 status for next year. This will be a closely fought game and Leitrim will have to be at their best to win on Sunday.

[b] Opening of St Marys GAA Pitch, Swanlinbar:[/b]
Owing to the death of the husband of Lily Reilly, Cavan Ladies County Secretary, Cavan did not field a full strength team for the challenge game on Monday. However it gave a number of club players from the Templeport and Swanlinbar areas an opportunity to represent their county. Leitrim fielded a strong team of players from the squad many of whom did not get an opportunity to start on Sunday against Antrim and put in a good performance. All of the subs played 10 minutes at midfield. The final score was Leitrim 7-12 Cavan 0-2. Leitrim: Emer Horan, Emer Kelly, Mairead Stenson, Alanah Bohan, Lisa McGowan, Eilish Quinn, Camilla McDonagh, Maeve Quinn, Sarah McLoughlin, Anna Conlan, Phillipa Maguire, Michelle McNulty, Erin Farrell, Naomi Faughnan, Lorraine Brennan: Subs Emer McGlade, Sinead Brennan, Carla Creegan, Sharon Kerrigan, Ann Marie Cox, Sinead Quinn, Louise Loughlin, Clare Owens, Mary McKeon, Amanda Sweeney. Thanks to the St Marys Club for their hospitality on Monday and we wish them the best of luck with with their excellent new facilities. Unfortunately it was not a Leitrim double as the men?s team were unlucky to be defeated by Fermanagh by a single point.

[b] Division 2 Club League: [/b]
Bornacoola and Ballinaglera played out another close encounter in Dromod on Friday evening last as the home team put a disappointing start to the campaign behind them as they recorded a 1-8 to 0-07 win. Siobhan McGovernÓgot the visitors off to the perfect start with a point from play after two minutes and Louise Loughlin increased the lead almost immediately with a second point. Louise Staunton was unlucky to see a shot onÓgoal go narrowly wide as the home team responded. However Tanya McPartland scored a third point after ten minutes before Bornacoola scored their first point of the campaign with a great Naomi Faughnan effort from thirty five meters. Ballinaglera?s Ailish Curnyn hit a huge free from forty meters to restore the visitors advantage moments later as Bornacoola struggled to make an impact. Midway through the half Kelly Howard reduced the arrears from play with a fine point as Curnyn hit another great effort from a free. Bornacoola suddenly came more into the game and Faughnan was unlucky to see a good effort come off the crossbar as Staunton managed to hit the rebound wide. Orla Bohan was then called on to gather a dangerous high ball before Niamh Reynolds and Sarah Duffy defended well to cut out another Glera move. Again Bohan dealt was to Bornacoolas rescue with a great save at McPartland?s feet. Bornacoola finished the half with a Howard point after good work from Joanne McGushin. The second half saw a big improvement in the Bornacoola teamwork and a great battle at midfield between Naomi Faughnan and Ailish Curnyn.. Tara McGovern sent Glera further ahead after two minutes but Louise Staunton hit two good frees to reduce the lead to the minimum. Chances were then at a premium as both sides defended well. Curnyn pointed again after ten minutes but surprisingly this was their last score of the game. Another fine Faughnan point reduced the lead again as mindway through the half Victoria Duignan was fouled in the square. Faughnan dispatched the resulting penalty to the net to give the home team the lead for the first time in the game. Two further points from Faughnan and Staunton wrapped up the points for Bornacoola in an entertaining game.

[b] 9 A Side League: [/b]
Competition at Junior and Senior level began last weekend and the following are the results: Junior- Aughnasheelin 7-15, Gortlettragh 3.05; Fenagh 5.03, Dromahair 2.08; Sean O Heslins 4.13 Glenfarne 1.01; Senior ? Aughawillan 6.07, Cloone 3.07, Kiltubrid 4.03, Mohill 4.08.

[b] U14 Championship:[/b]
A busy start to the under 14 competitions with the following results ? Cloone 6.02, Melvin Gaels 4.15; Kiltubrid 4.20 Leitrim Gaels 1.05; Sean O Heslins 2.06, St Josephs 4.12; Dromahair 3.05 Glencar Manor 1.02; Mohill 3.02, St Marys 2.12

[b] All Ireland Scór Final: [/b]
Best of luck to Glencar Manors Amanda Sweeney, Leitrim Vice Captain who will take part in the figure dancing at the All Ireland Scór Finals on Saturday next in Killarney and we wish her the best of luck a safe journey back for the Fermanagh game on Sunday.

[b] Connacht Feile 2006:[/b]
This years competition will take place on 10th June and will be hosted by Leitrim with the assistance of venues in Roscommon and Sligo. All ladies clubs have been contacted regarding entry and further information will be forwarded during the week. It is important that all eligible clubs enter as the target is for entries from 32 girls clubs with the majority to come from Leitrim, Sligo and Roscommon.



19-Apr-06 by Patricia Bohan

Suzuki Ladies National League Division 3 Quarter Final

Leitrim 1-13 Antrim 0-02

Leitrim qualified for the semi final on Sunday last in Belfast but had to battle their way past an Antrim team determined to upset the form book. From the start was clear that the home team had nothing to lose and set about unsettling Leitrim with a number of tough tackles as the game progressed. Indeed in the second half Antrim?s play degenerated into the unacceptable with a series of unnecessary fouls that were often dangerous and were lucky to finish the game with fourteen players. Leitrim were superior in most areas of the field, where much higher fitness levels was significant in avoiding serious injury. Antrim had a number of very skilful players on show but sadly did nothing to enhance their reputation as a team for the future with their performance. Leitrim remain unbeaten to date but next weekend?s semi final will be their biggest challenge of the year to date.

Antrim played with a strong wind in the first half and set up the first attack of the game from the throw in and earned a free as Kelly McCoy was fouled forty meters from goal. Her resulting free was well held by Louise Loughlin in the Leitrim goals and from her clearance Leitrim set up a point taking opportunity as Sarah McLoughlin was fouled but Ann Marie Cox hit the free wide. Three minutes later Antrim hit a wide from play and a minute later spurned another opportunity to open the Scóring as Clare Dowdall hit a wide. Ten minutes into the game Sarah McLoughlin registered a second Leitrim wide as the visitors took some time to settle into the game. However a minute Later Emer McGlade was fouled and Ann Marie Cos pointed to open the Scóring. Two minutes later Cox saw a great effort hit the crossbar as Leitrim began to assert some dominance on the game. Maeve Quinn won an Antrim kickout and combined well with McGlade as Sarah McLoughlin found space to fire over a second point. Midway through the half, Sharon Kerrigan made a great run through the Antrim defence from half back and hit over a great point to stretch the Leitrim lead. Maeve Quinn won the resulting kickout and found Ann Marie Cox in the corner whose perceptive pass to McLoughlin was again well pointed. Antrim began to come back into the game over the next ten minutes and Louise Loughlin had to be alert to parry a Mary McCann effort as Sinead Brennan and Carla Creegan cleared the danger. A minute later the ever dangerous McCann found herself in front of goals but hit a bad wide with only the keeper to beat. With ten minutes remaining in the half Sinead Quinn fired over a great point after good work from McGlade and Cox. Again Antrim tried to respond but Mairead Stenson and Carla Creegan again defended well to set up another Leitrim attack. Emer McGlade combined well with Anna Conlan and McGlades effort was deflected over the bar by Antrim keeper Melissa Hardy for another Leitrim point. Cox was unlucky to see an effort from tight on the endline go narrowly wide as Leitrim continued to pressurise the Antrim defence. With two minutes remaining Cox had to go off as a result of a blood injury after a heavy tackle and was replaced by Lorraine Brennan. Antrim finally got off the mark with a long range effort from Aisling Reilly but almost immediately Mary McKeon pointed from play after a great move up the field from the Leitrim defence to leave Leitrim leading by 0-7 to 0-1 at the break.

Antrim started the second half with a flourish as Claire Dowdall pointed from a free to reduce the arrears to five points but this was as good as it got from the home team. Lorraine Brennan responded with a fine point from play wide on the left as Leitrim settled back into the game. After five minutes Cox reentered the play with Brennan staying on and Eilish Quinn substituted. Almost immediately Sharon Kerrigan was heavily fouled as she made another great run at the Antrim defence and Seaneen Daykin was sinbinned for ten minutes while Cox punished Antrim with the resulting free. Ten minutes into the half Clare Owens found herself in space but was dangerously tackled and the Antrim player was lucky to remain on the pitch as Cox punished Antrim yet again from the free. Sharon Kerrigan had another effort go narrowly wide and Lorraine Brennan likewise as Leitrim refused to be intimidated by the heavy tackling of the Antrim team. Midway through the half another goal opportunity came Leitrims way but Anna Conlans effort was well saved by Hardy however the rebound fell to Sinead Quinn who was again fouled and Cox obliged with another easy point. Naomi Faughnan replaced Conlan in the Leitrim attack with thirteen minutes remaining as Antrim launched a rare attack. A dangerous ball was brilliantly fielded by Sinead Brennan and Leitrim cleared their lines to set up yet another attack. Sinead Quinn had a goal opportunity at the other end but her shot went narrowly wide. Naomi Faughnan was fouled two minutes later and again Cox pointed as Leitrim continued to press forward. Clare Owens hit another Leitrim wide with five minutes remaining when Eimear McGlade was hit off the ball and wrestled to the ground by Daykin in an extraordinary incident. Daykin was immediately shown the red card and McGlade had to be substituted by Phillipa Maguire for a blood injury. Leitrim again responded with a great McLoughlin point from play and in the final minute of the game Naomi Faughnan signed Leitrims efforts off with a flourish as she hit a great goal following good work from Maeve Quinn and Cox.

Leitrim: Louise Loughlin, Amanda Sweeney, Sinead Brennan, Mairead Stenson, Sharon Kerrigan (0-1), Mary McKeon (0-1), Carla Creegan, , Maeve Quinn, Eimear McGlade (0-1) Anna Conlan, Sarah McLoughlin (0-3), Eilish Quinn, Ann Marie Cox (0-5), Sinead Quinn (0-1), Clare Owens. Subs: Lorraine Brennan (0-1) for E. Quinn, Naomi Faughnan (1-0) for A. Conlan, Phillipa Maguire for E McGlade.

Antrim: M Hardy, C Weir, C Drain, A Quinn, R McCann, S Daykin, C McMullan, G McCann, A Reilly, H Fairbairn, C Dowdall, K McCoy, F Walsh, M McCann, F Connors.

Referee: S O?Neill (Armagh)



18-Apr-06 by Patricia Bohan

Leitrim Ladies News

[b]TG4 Connacht Championship:[/b]

Leitrim were disappointed on Saturday afternoon last in Cloone when Roscommon failed to field a team for the first round of the Connacht Championship. Arriving with only twelve players, Roscommon conceded the game but sportingly stayed to play a thirteen a side challenge game with addition of one of their senior players. The game itself proved very one sided with Leitrim running out easy 4-14 to 0-3 winners, however it did give the home team some much needed match practice and they used the opportunity to give all of the players on the panel a run during the game. Leitrim?s next game in the Championship is in three weeks time against title holders Sligo, with the winners going through to the semi final while the losers will have to take a more difficult route in a quarter final game. Leitrim: Louise Loughlin, Emer Horan, Sinead Brennan, Lisa McGowan, Sharon Kerrigan, Mary McKeon, Teresa Mylott, Maeve Quinn, Sarah McLoughlin, Anna Conlan, Naomi Faughnan, Eilish Quinn, Sinead Quinn, Clare Owens. Subs Used: Emer Horan, Michelle McNulty, Carla Creegan, Erin Farrell, Emer McGlade, Amanda Sweeney, Emer McGlade, Ann Marie Cox, Phillipa Maguire, Alanah Bohan, Lorraine Brennan, Camilla McDonagh and Mairead Stenson.

[b]Suzuki Ladies National League:[/b]

In the meantime Leitrim?s fate in the National League will be decided over the next couple of weeks with a quarter final game next weekend against Antrim and the semi final fixed for the following weekend. The game next weekend is likely to be played at a halfway venue but details will be finalised during the week. This game is unknown territory for as we nave never played Antrim before however, Leitrim should have enough experience to qualify for the semi final.

[b]Opening of St Marys Pitch in Swanlinbar:[/b]

On Easter Monday next fans will have an opportunity to enjoy a rare Leitrim GAA double header at the opening of St Mary?s GAA pitch in Swanlinbar. The Leitrim Ladies will take on Cavan at 2.00pm while the men?s team will face Fermanagh at 4.00 pm.

[b]2006 Captains Named:[/b]

Congratulations to Ann Marie Cox of Annaduff who has been named at the Leitrim captain for 2006 with Amanda Sweeney of Glencar Manor named as Vice Captain.

[b]Club Leagues:[/b]

A full round of league games took place on Sunday morning as Mohill recorded a 2-11 to 1-07 win over Kiltubrid in Division 1. The final round of this Division on 14th May will see Mohill play Cloone while Kiltubrid face Aughawillan where wins for Mohill and Aughawillan would qualify both teams for the final on 21st May. However there is all still to play for as Kiltubrid are not out of the running yet but will have to defeat Aughawillan or hope that Cloone can defeat Mohill. In Division 2 St Josephs and Glencar Manor preserved their unbeaten start to the season as the Bornacoola v Ballinaglera game was rescheduled for Friday next. Glencar Manor ran out easy winners over St Marys with a 9.07 to 0.03 win while St Josephs recorded an equally comprehensive 3.14 to 0.10 win over Annaduff. In Division 3 Dromahair lead the way as they recorded their second win with a 2.17 to 3.02 win over Gortlettragh. Sean O Heslins are also unbeaten as they defeated neighbours Aughawillan by 2.11 to 0.05. Aughnasheelin recorded their first win of the league with a 2.09 to 0.00 win over Glenfarne.

[b]9 a Side Leagues:[/b]

Next weekend will see the start of the 9 a side club leagues which have grown from strength to strength since they were introduced three years ago. Due to the absence of competitive football for club players in May and June because so many of our players are exam tied annually, the county board introduced a 9 a side league to cater for club players. All of the clubs are catered for in competitions at Senior, Intermediate and Junior level and the competition starts earlier this year because of the number of county games scheduled for April. All players on the county panel are excluded from this competition and unlimited substitution is allowed. The following games are down for decision next weekend: Senior – Aughawillan v Cloone; Kiltubrid v Mohill. Junior: Aughnasheelin v Gortlettragh, Fenagh v Dromahair and Sean O Heslins v Glenfarne.

[b]Under 14 Club Leagues: [/b]

Underage activity begins next Saturday as the Under 14 competitions get underway. All games are at 12.00 and fixtures have been distributed to all of the clubs. See fixtures for details.

[b]Presidents Award:[/b]

Congratulations to Ita Hannon of Mayo, former Leitrim player and County Secretary and current Connacht Secretary who received a Irish Examiner Presidents Award from GAA President Sean Kelly on Saturday week last at a ceremony in Croke Park. The Awards were first presented in 2004 to acknowledge the achievements and commitment of individuals throughout the Association by providing formal recognition of their work for and dedication to the GAA. It is a very well deserved award for Ita, who has been involved in Ladies football at all levels both a player and referee but her most significant contribution has been at administrative level where she has served very successfully at both County, Provincial and National Level for many years. All associated with Ladies football in Leitrim are very proud that two of the recipients recognised for their contribution to ladies football in the three years of these awards have had a major role in ladies football in Leitrim as Mary Quinn Fox was recognised with an award last year.



10-Apr-06 by Patricia Bohan – Ladies PRO

[b]TG4 Connacht Championship:[/b]
Leitrim take on Roscommon in a first round game in pool B of the Ladies Connacht Junior Championship on Saturday next. The game is scheduled as a home game for Leitrim but a venue has yet to be confirmed. Having been defeated in four of the last five finals, new Manager Jason Tanaine will be hoping to change the fortunes of the team in this years championship. There are a number of new faces 2006 which has added a freshness to the panel and competition for starting places has never been keener. Best of luck to all concerned.

[b]Colleges All Star:[/b]
Congratulations to Cloone and Leitrim player Aoife Kelly who picked up a replacement award on the Third Level Colleges representative team last weekend when representing Cavan.

[b]Club Leagues:[/b]
The postponed Division 2 games rescheduled for Sunday were unable to be played again due to poor weather conditions.



04-Apr-06 by Patricia Bohan – Ladies PRO

Leitrim Ladies Notes:

[b]League Round Up:[/b]
Due to the poor weather conditions a number of games had to be called off at the weekend. In the games that went ahead in Division 1 Aughawillan continued their winning ways with a 7.09 to 2.02 win over Mohill while Kiltubrid had to withstand a strong comeback from Cloone to hold out for a one point win. Kiltubrid enjoyed a good opening half with Siobhan Kelly very accurate in front of goals and finished with a personal tally of 2.04. The final score was Kiltubrid 4.07 to 2.12 for Cloone. All three games in Division 2 were called off but in Division 3 Fenagh enjoyed a 4.17 to 0.02 win over newcomers Glenfarne while Dromahair travelled to Aughnasheelin and scored a comprehensive 7.17 to 3.01 win. Next weekend Aughawillan B and Gortlettragh meet in Division 3 of the league.

[b]Colleges Finals:[/b]
The All Ireland Colleges finals were hosted by Dundalk IT at the weekend with a number of Leitrim players involved in the finals. In the premier competition Sharon Kerrigan from St Josephs was part of the UCD team that defeated Sligo I.T. in the O?Connor Cup Final by 6 points while Aughawillan?s Eimear McGlade and Deirdre McDermott from Mohill featured for the DCU team that comprehensively beat British Colleges Champions Liverpool in the Lynch Cup. Finally the Cavan Colleges team featuring Cloone?s Aoife Kelly were unlucky to lose the Donaghy Cup Final when they conceded two late goals to GMIT who took the title with a five point win. Well done to all concerned.

[b]County Round Up:[/b]
After a break of four weeks Leitrim host Offaly in the final round of the league on Sunday next. A win or a draw will see Leitrim top Division 3A and earn a quarter final game against the winners of Kilkenny and Antrim two weeks later. Leitrim travelled to Portlaoise on Saturday evening last to play a challenge game against Wexford, their opponents in last years All Ireland Quarter Final. The game was a useful workout for all of the panel and ended in a a 3-7 to 0-10 win for Wexford. On Saturday next our Minor team travel to play Roscommon in the first round of the Connacht Championship. See fixtures for details of next weekends games.



28-Mar-06 by Patricia Bohan – Ladies PRO

Leitrim Ladies Notes

[b]Club Leagues:[/b]
Next Saturday will see the start of action for the clubs when defending champions Aughawillan travel to Cloone for a 4.00pm start in Division 1. All other clubs will resume action the following weekend.

[b]Club Championship:[/b]
Due to the promotion of Aughawillan to Senior Club status for the Connacht Championship, the championship structure within the county has had to be revised. The remaining six clubs at Senior level last year will now play for an Intermediate title To facilitate Aughawillan in a Championship within the county, the winners will of the Intermediate title will play Aughawillan in the Senior Final. The League status of the clubs remains unchanged.

[b]National Congress:[/b]
The 31st Annual congress was held at the weekend in Mullingar with many interesting topics on the agenda for debate. In a wide ranging report to Congress, CEO Helen O?Rourke outlined the progress of the association in general over the past year. The importance of the implementation of the Code of Ethics and Good practice throughout the association was highlighted as was the continued provision of training for coaches. A level 1 coaching courses specifically aimed at ladies football will be rolled out in 2006 in addition to the provision of 16 new tutors to implement the courses. The Association?s Strategic Plan for the next 3 years was also launched at the weekend with a key priority to look at club and county competition programmes. While there were no significant changes to playing rules, the concern over the amount of football being played by younger county players was addressed and from 2007 players will not be allowed to play more that one age group above their current grade and players at under 16 level will not be allowed to play for Junior or Senior County teams. This will apply to inter county competitions only.

[b]Schools Final:[/b]
The Connacht Junior Final due to be played on Friday last in Tuam between Carrick CS and Tuam was postponed due to a frozen pitch. This was very disappointing news for the Carrick team who had made the journey for the game. Details of the refixture are not available at the time of going to press but we wish the best of luck to Carrick in the final.

[b]National League:[/b]
Leitrim have a three week break until their final league game against Offaly on 2nd April. This game will be the first of a hectic schedule for the county team in April. The following Saturday 8th April, will see the team commence the Connacht championship with a first round game against Roscommon. On 16th of April Leitrim will face Kilkenny of Antrim in the National League Quarter final. A victory here will involve a semi final appearance the following weekend and on 30th April the team will play their second Connacht Championship game against defending champions Sligo.

[b]Minor Training:[/b]
Due to the inclement weather last weekend, county trainging had to be cancelled. Training is scheduled again for next Saturday morning at 11.00 am in Kiltubrid and all players are requested to attend.

[b]Scór 2006:[/b]
A number of our players around the county will be involved in the County Final next Saturday evening in Manorhamilton. Best of luck to all concerned.



06-Mar-06 by Patricia Bohan – Ladies PRO

Suzuki Ladies National League Division 3A

Leitrim 1-09
Fermanagh 1-04

Leitrim and Fermanagh played out a tense and physical encounter in Irvinestown on Sunday last, as Leitrim defended superbly with Maeve Quinn outstanding at full back to remain unbeaten in the league. Leitrim were forced to make a number of changes to the team that played Clare last week as Anna Conlan, Karen McGovern and Siobhan Mollahan joined Aoife Kelly, Lorraine Brennan, Carla Creegan and Kirby Gilgunn on the injury list. However all over the field, Leitrim players rose to the challenge offered by an accomplished Fermanagh side that in truth had not been tested in their opening two games. Emer McGlade and Sarah McLoughlin excelled at midfield as the Leitrim defence absorbed all of the pressure Fermanagh could exert especially in the final quarter. Up front Leitrim also played well and created a number of Scóring opportunities but would liked to have converted more of their chances. The game became quite disjointed in the second half as two players from each team were sinbinned and as a consequence Leitrim played five minutes of the game two players down. Leitrim now have a break of four weeks before the final game against Offaly with a quarter final outing two weeks later.

Playing against a slight breeze in the first half, Leitrim gained possession straight from the throw in and Emer McGlade was fouled as she attacked the Fermanagh defence. The resulting free was hit wide by Ann Marie Cox. However straight from the kickout Clare Owens gained possession and Cox was on hand to hit over the opening point from play. Two minutes later a good Leitrim move came to nothing as Naomi Faughnan hit a poor wide. Leitrim began to enjoy early superiority as Fermanagh found it hard to gain any rhythm in their play and were punished again after five minutes. Faughnan won a high ball in front of goal but when her shot was well saved by Una Carroll in the Fermanagh goals, Mary McKeon was first to react and hit over a point from close range. Fermanagh finally settled and initiated a good cross field move but Sharon Kerrigan fielded well under pressure and cleared the danger. After ten minutes Emer McGlade, Faughnan and finally Cox combined for a third Leitrim point from play. Fermanagh responded again with another attack but Maeve Quinn cut out the danger under pressure and again Leitrim attacked with Mary McKeon who had an excellent goal chance but she shot straight at the keeper. With McGlade and Sarah McLoughlinÓgetting the better of midfield Leitrim had another chance to increase the lead but hit a poor wide. McGlade went on a powerful run through the middle to set up Cox for a fourth point mid way through the half. Sammy Little was fouled by Mairead Stenson as Fermanagh worked hard to set up a Scóring opportunity. Her free was well held by Louise Loughlin but then hit out for a 45. The resulting kick was again superbly won by Maeve Quinn and cleared by Sarah McLoughlin to Cox who held on too long and the chance to punish Fermanagh again was gone. Fermanagh began to gain more possession but the halfback line of Sinead Brennan, Teresa Mylott and Kerrigan held firm and cut out two dangerous attacks before Sinead Quinn pointed from play following a great crossfield ball from Faughnan to McKeon who set up Quinn. With ten minutes remaining in the half Maeve Quinn was again safe under a high ball and Sharon Kerrigan made a great run up field to set up McGlade but her shot went narrowly wide. McLoughlin, McGlade and McKeon combined well a minute later as Erin Farrell, on her Leitrim debut, hit a point from play. Fermanagh finally got off the mark as Caroline Little pointed from play with seven minutes remaining in the half and from the resulting kickout Little again pointed to reduce the lead to four points. Leitrim responded immediately but another McKeon effort onÓgoal was well saved by Carroll. Fermanagh attacked but Kerrigan won the ball well and set up Faughnan for a good point from play. Claire Gallagher then had a great opportunity to score but hit wide under pressure from McGlade. In the last three minutes of the half Fermanagh reduced the lead to three points with two frees from Little and in their final attack Sarah McLoughlin dispossessed Little as she was about to shoot onÓgoal with the score 0.7 to 0.4 in Leitrim?s favour.

Leitrim started the second half with an attack involving Ann Marie Cox, Sinead Quinn and Naomi Faughnan but Erin Farrell?s final effort onÓgoal was blocked. At the other end Claire Gallagher hit a wide as the exchanges began to get more physical. After five minutes Fermanagh?s Shauna Woods was sin binned for ten minutes for a heavy tackle on Sharon Kerrigan. Leitrim sought to take advantage of the extra player and a minute later Ann Marie Cox pointed a free when Naomi Faughnan was fouled. For the next ten minutes play was intense with both the defences playing well. Amanda Sweeney and Sinead Brennan cut out two promising Fermanagh attacks at one end while Aine Johnstone and Shauna Woods prevented another Leitrim score. Phillipa Maguire replaced Erin Farrell in the Leitrim attack and was immediately in the action as she set up Faughnan but the ball went wide. Two minutes later however Maguire was sinbinned for a tackle on Aine McBrien. With parity in numbers both teams had opportunitys to score but Caroline Little hit a free wide and at the other end Cox also hit a free wide. Two minutes later Woods was back on the field as Leitrim struggled to hold on to their advantage but when Sharon Kerrigan won a free wide on the left a dangerous ball in from Ann Marie Cox hit a Fermanagh defender and gave Collins no chance when it hit the net for the first goal of the game. Two minutes later from a similar situation Fermanagh scored a goal as Caroline Little rose brilliantly at the far post to fist to the net. Teresa Mylott and Sarah McLoughlin cut out two more Fermanagh attacks. As the Fermanagh pressure intensified for the final ten minutes, Leitrim went down to thirteen players when Sinead Quinn was sinbinned. Under severe pressure Maeve Quinn superbly dispossed Little who was a continuous threat to the Leitrim defence. Emer McGlade and Sarah McLoughlin drifted back to help the defence as Leitrim soaked up incessant pressure but some of the clearances were poor and handed the initiative back to the home team. With five minutes remaining, Maguire reentered the play and Leitrim initiated another attack with a long ball in from Maeve Quinn, Naomi Faughnan was unlucky to see her fisted effort hit the post and go wide. Sinead Brennan cut out another attack as Sinead Quinn reentered the game and Leitrim were back to their full compliment of players. Little got away for Fermanagh but Louise LoughlinÓgot down smartly to save a certain Fermanagh goal. In the final minutes first Mairead Stenson and then Maeve Quinn blocked down brilliantly to keep the Leitrim goal intact. Little had a final effort to make it a single point game as she broke through the Leitrim cover but Quinn dispossed her and set up Mary McKeon to launch a final Leitrim attack involving Cox and Sinead Quinn who was fouled. Cox pointed the free to increase the lead to five points and make the points safe. Little was then sinbinned for a dangerous foot tackle on Mairead Stenson. In the final minute Maeve Quinn superbly held on to a high ball under pressure from two Fermanagh players and Leitrim held out for a well deserved win.

Leitrim: Louise Loughlin, Amanda Sweeney, Maeve Quinn, Mairead Stenson, Teresa Mylott, Sinead Brennan, Sharon Kerrigan, Sarah McLoughlin, Emer McGlade, Clare Owens, Mary McKeon (0-1), Naomi Faughnan (0-1), Erin Farrell (0-1), Sinead Quinn(0-1), Ann Marie Cox (1-5) Subs Used: Phillipa Maguire for Erin Farrell (40 mins), Alanah Bohan (50 mins)for Clare Owens.

Fermanagh: U Collins, C O?Harte, E McGovern, A Johnston, S Woods, T Hughes, A McBrien, A Moane, K. McManus, S Little, C Little, S Hamilton, S Little, C Gallagher, E Martin.



26-Feb-06 by Patricia Bohan – Ladies PRO

Suzuki Ladies National League Division 3 – Round 2



22-Feb-06 by Patricia Bohan – Ladies PRO