IT WAS A busy Easter for ladies Gaelic football, with three county teams in action across four games.
The Kilkenny under-16 ladies Gaelic football team booked their place in the Leinster final and maintained a 100% record when they downed Louth on Saturday.
The Cats travelled to Drogheda and scored an impressive 5-6 to 2-9 win over the hosts. A cracking Ria Lawson goal gave Kilkenny an early lead they would never lose. By half-time they were 2-4 to 0-6 ahead, Michelle Teehan adding the second goal.
Kilkenny never let up in the second half, and with Megan Walsh (2-1) and Aoife Naddy (1-2) to the fore they withstood some strong Louth pressure to grab their third win of the campaign.
Kilkenny Under-16s: Niamh Sheehy, Frances Farrell, Enya Foley, Caitlin Skehan, Ellie Barcoe, Jane Walker, Brianna Mallon, Aoife Cantwell, Michelle Teehan (1-0), Aoife Naddy (1-2), Lucy Teehan, Ria Lawson (1-0), Megan Walsh (2-1), Ruby Harvey, Ciara Cody, Lauren Dermody, Laura Walsh, Jenny O’Keeffe (0-3), Ally O’Keeffe, Anita Brennan, Lauren Valentine, Sophie Dwyer.
There were mixed fortunes for the county minors, who tasted victory and defeat in two games over the Easter break. Inspired by Sinead Whelan (3-3) the Cats proved too strong for Carlow, winning on a 7-6 to 2-9 scoreline in Askea, but were second best to Louth in Thomastown on Easter Monday, going down by 6-12 to 4-7. Kilkenny will have a chance to make amends for this result when they take on Louth again in the provincial semi-final in a fortnight’s time.
The Kilkenny minor panel that took on Carlow featured: Enya Foley, Niamh Quigley, Nelle Henderson, Michaela Reilly, Ellie Barcoe, Jennifer Norris, Maeve O’Connor, Aine Gannon (0-1), Emer Fitzpatrick, Niamh Nolan, Sinead Whelan (3-3), Jessie Carroll (1-0), Megan Walsh (2-0), Katelyn Phelan, Lucy Teehan (1-2), Aisling Foley, Eibhlin Walsh, Lena Butler, Claire Manning, Becky Leahy.
The Kilkenny minor panel that played Louth featured: Enya Foley, Aisling Foley, Nelle Henderson, Michaela Reilly, Jessie Carroll, Jennifer Norris, Maeve O’Connor, Aine Gannon (1-2), Emer Fitzpatrick, Lucy Teehan, Sinead Whelan (1-2), Becky Leahy, Megan Walsh (1-1), Katelyn Phelan (1-2), Shauna Kenneally, Lena Butler, Claire Manning, Eibhlin Walsh.
The under-14s completed the hat-trick of Louth clashes when they beat the Wee County by 3-4 to 2-5 in their Leinster championship clash in Dundalk on Monday.
Although Louth opened the scoring Hannah Scott (2-1) and Ciara Delaney (0-2) put Kilkenny in the driving seat by half-time, at which stage they led the hosts by 2-3 to 1-4.
Although Louth took the lead with a quick goal after the restart, a like score from Aoife Doyle put the Kittens back in front (3-3 to 2-4). Rebecca Nevin stretched the advantage with a point, and while Louth pulled two scores back they couldn’t get the better of the visitors, who now meet joint group leaders Wexford this weekend.
Kilkenny Under-14s: Laura Tynan, Lucy Power, Neasa Galwey, Andi Snyder, Emily McCarthy, Aobha O’Gorman, Shauna Valentine, Blathnaid Galway, Saoirse Comerford-Liston, Hannah Scott (2-1), Jennifer O’Keeffe, Ciara Delaney (0-2), Rebecca Nevin (0-1), Kate Drennan, Nicole Carter, Aoife Doyle (1-0), Rebecca Roche, Beth Behan, Eadaoin Murphy, Danielle Morrissey, Niamh Deely, Emma Nolan, Laoise Prendiville, Hannah Kelly, Rachel Kelly, Jane Cass, Sinead Fitzpatrick, Roisin Allen, Eva Hynes, Lizzie Buckley, Kate Dempsey, Tara Clifford, Eimear Farrell.