A clinical display from Meath against Dublin this afternoon in Coralstown/Kinnegad GAA Club secured the U14 Leinster Ladies Football Title for the Royal County.
The scoreline at the finish didnt reflect what was a highly competitive game but it was Meath’s ability to take their opportunity which was the deciding factor in the end.
Meath got off to the perfect start with a goal from Sarah Jane Lyons and by the fifth minute the ly stretched their lead to six with points from Ellen O’Bierne with a nice finish and two from Rebecca McCann.
In the sixth minute Dublin grabbed their first score of the contest a converted free from Nia Hannon.
The game was end to end and the sides scored a pair of points each, Rebecca McCann with two for Meath and Timea Kovacs and Kate Skillington for Dublin.
The girls from the Royal County pushed further ahead with points from Sarah Jane Lyons and Ellen O’Bierne. Dublin who were enjoying plenty of possession responded with three unanswered points from Eabha Ní Mhaolagain, Timea Kovacs and Lauren Darcy.
Meath has the last day of the half with a point from Allanah Brady to give her side a five point lead at the break with the score 1-08 to 0-06.
The second half was a mirror image of the first with an early Meath goal scored by Elena Kennedy and another point from Sarah Jane Lyons put them in the driving seat.
Dublin just as they had in the first thirty minutes were enjoying plenty of the ball but some misplaced passes and good Meath defending denied them any clear cut chances at goal.
A pair of converted frees from Dublin’s Nia Hannon reduces the deficit as the game then entered a ten minute scoring drought with both teams missing a number of chances.
That drought was ended with nine minutes of regulation time left in the game with two quick fire goals for Meath scored by Sarah Jane Lyons and Katie Twomey.
Meath finished the game strongly and points from Sarah Jane Lyons and Megan Murray and two more goals scored by Roisin McManus and Katie Twomey put Meath our of sight.
A point in injury time from a free scored by Dublin’s Nia Hannon was the last score of the game as Meath ran out deserving winners to secure the U14 Leinster Ladies Football title.
15. Nia Hannon 0-04 (4f)
14. Timea Kovacs 0-02
13. Kate Skillington 0-01
3. Eabha Ní Mhaolagain 0-01
11. Lauren Darcy 0-01
15. Sarah Jane Lyons 2-03 (1-00f)
18. Katie Twomey 2-00
10. Rebecca McCann 0-04
11. Elena Kennedy 1-00
12. Roisin McManus 1-00
13. Ellen O’Bierne 0-02
27. Allanah Brady 0-01
26. Megan Murray 0-01
1. Sasha O’Neill
2. Sydney Weir McErlean
3. Eabha Ní Mhaolagain
4. Kathlyn Treacy
5. Heather Bolger
6. Sarah Power
7. Saoirse Loughlin
8. Sarah Rooney
9. Ashling Nyhan
10. Kate Watson
11. Lauren Darcy
12. Amber McCluskey
13. Kate Skillington
14. Timea Kovacs
15. Nia Hannon
30. Clara Finn for 14. Timea Kovacs (37)
27. Cait Phelan for 12. Amber McCluskey (40)
23. Eimear Adamson for 2. Sydney Weir McErlean (47)
25. Lia Cronin for 11. Lauren Darcy (52)
19. Doireann Egan for 7. Saoirse Loughlin (54)
1. Molly Keating
2. Serena Gavin
3. Lilly Dwyer
4. Anna Foley
5. Emily McCann
6. Molly O’Connor
7. Sarah Caufield
8. Sinead Murphy
9. Niamh Murray
10. Rebecca McCann
11. Elena Kennedy
26. Megan Murray
13. Ellen O’Bierne
14. Lucy Reynolds
15. Sarah Jane Lyons
27. Allanah Brady for 10. Rebecca McCann (21)
20. Mia Brady for 9. Niamh Murray (HT)
12. Roisin McManus for 14. Lucy Reynolds (38)
18. Katie Twomey for 13. Ellen O’Bierne (41)
21. Ciara Doherty for 11. Elena Kennedy (59)