Under-14s aim for Leinster glory

LEINSTER glory is the target for the Kilkenny under-14 ladies footballers, who will do battle with Longford for the provincial spoils on Sunday.

LEINSTER glory is the target for the Kilkenny under-14 ladies footballers, who will do battle with Longford for the provincial spoils on Sunday.

The current crop, who have been moulded into an exciting prospect for the future, began their campaign with a 2-9 to 3-1 win over Longford in March.

Another win looked on the cards when they led Westmeath in Palmerstown with five minutes left on the clock, but an eagerness to go for goal when points would have sealed the game allowed the visitors to hit back and snatch a 2-5 to 3-1 win. Division A title favourites Offaly also beat Kilkenny but were made battle throughout for the spoils.

Kilkenny bounced back in devastating fashion, scoring two big wins in quick succession. They overwhelmed Louth in Thomastown, beating them by 10-17 to 0-2 before following that up with a 6-9 to 1-4 win over Carlow at Nowlan Park, a win which ensured their place in the B final against Longford.

Eoin Hennessy’s charges will go into the game full of confidence, having shown great ability in front of goal. Ciara Delaney, Ria Lawson and Aoife Cantwell can turn a game in a flash while a teak-tough defence marshalled by Aobha O’Gorman and Lauren Valentine have been hard to beat. Michelle Teehan, Blainaid Galwey and Niamh Deely have pulled the strings round midfield and are a superb link between defence and attack.

Longford will provide stern opposition having recovered from the round one defeat to Kilkenny to record impressive wins over Carlow and Louth. The venue for the final has yet to be confirmed, but the young Kilkenny side will be hoping for plenty of support.