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Minor Win for Lilywhites!   11/03/2018

Leinster Minor Champ Preliminary Round

Longford v Kildare

Longford Slashers GAA club

Referee: Des McEnery (Westmeath)

HT score Longford 0.01 Kildare 2.08

FT score Longford 1.02 Kildare 2.17

Kildare we're far too strong for a gallant Longford side on the opening weekend of this year's Leinster LGFA minor championship. Longford Slashers GAA club hosted the game and it was played in front of a reasonable crowd.

Kildare dominated the game from start to finish and were relentless with attack after attack. First half goals from the boot of  Lauren Murtagh and Neasa Dooley were added to with points from Aisling Dooley and Nanci Murphy polishing  off a fine first half display to see Kildare into a commanding lead at the break going in at halftime 2.08 to 0.01

kildare didn't let up in the second half and kept the scoreboard ticking over with some well-taken points. The introduction of substitutions and even to have two players yellow carded for persistent fouling and spending time in the sin bin didn't weaken the team in anyway.

Longford to their Credit kept battling and were rewarded with a penalty late on which Karen Shannon neatly dispatched to the net and it was Shannon to finish the game's scoring as she slotted over  a late pointed free to see the full time score Longford 1.02 Kildare 2.17

Kildare were well served with good defensive displays from Lara Gilbert and Lauren Murtagh. Lara Curran was a master class in midfield, While upfront Neasa Dooley and Aislinn Dooley were on top throughout the game.

Longford can take positives from the game and while the scoreboard doesn't reflect it they played themselves into good scoring positions only for shots to go agonisingly wide where on other occasions they would have gone over.

Kildare now will regroup happy with today's performance and head back to training on Wednesday night to prepare for the visit of Westmeath to Hawkfield next weekend where a Leinster semi-final place is up for grabs to the winner.

Kildare team: Ciara Farrell, Ciara Regan,Lara Gilbert,Emily Birch,Lauren Murtagh (1.00),Ciara Downey,Ali Cullen,Hazel McLoughlin,Aislinn Dooley(0.04),Claire Nugent,Lara Curran(0.031f),Molly Aspell(0.01)Neasa Dooley (1.041f)Nanci Murphy(0.02), Leah Hayes(0.01)

Subs: Leah McCoack (0.02) for Claire Nugent, Joanne Deay for Ali Cullen, Eve Kehoe for Hazel McLoughlin, Mikaela Burke for Aislinn Dooley, Laoise Dunne for Neasa Dooley


Longford team: Riane McGrath, Zoe Gallagher, Sarah Horan, Rebecca o Kane, Tamara Lee, Muireann Cleffes, Orla Farrell, Aisling McCormack, Caoimhe Hoban, Kiara Shannon(1.021f), Derbhla Rooney, Niamh Brady, Julie Ann Moran, Eve Nerney

Subs: Cliona Allen for Julie Ann Moran,Imeya Collins for Zoe Gallagher, Niamh Darcy for Orla Farrell.

Report with thanks to Kildare PRO Dónal Fitzpatrick