Laois rob Cats of play-off place

Kilkenny 0-12 Laois 1-10

Kilkenny 0-12 Laois 1-10

It was a game of two halves in Clara on Sunday when Kilkenny’s dream of reaching the play-offs of the Intermediate Camogie League ended when they lost to Laois, writes T.J. Mills.

The losers opened with the wind and registered on the scoreboard after 20 seconds when Orla Handrick pointed. Emma Comerford extended the lead with a free after Marie Dargan was fouled. An exchange of points followed, Emma Comerford scoring for the home side. This was Laois’s only point of the half.

Tahe Cats powered on, and when Marie Dargan had a late score it left them 0-11 0-1 up at the break.

Whatever former Laois hurler, David Cuddy said to his side at half time had the desired effect. Laois were a different side in the second half. They were on target within a minute when Louise Mahony pointed a free. Laura Marie Maher pointed from play, nad suddenly they were on a roll.

Kilkenny responded with a point from Megan Farrell in the 34 minute. That was Kilkenny’s last score. The visitors took over the game after that. The leaking of scores nearly started in the 35th minute, but home goalie Laura Walker pulled off a brilliant save.

Olga Parkinson and Louise Mahoney pointed before Laois scored 1-1 in the space of a minute. Sarah Anne Fitzgerald scored a massive free from 50 metres in the 39th minute before Naimh Dollard snatched a goal.

This left it 0-12 to 1-5. Laois were on a serious run. Claire Walsh cut the gap to three points. Louise Mahony cut it more beforer Elaine Mahony left the minimum between the teams in the 52nd minutes. Laois simply powered on and inched Kilkenny out of contention after things had looked promising.

Scorers: Laois - Laura Louise Mahony (0-4, one freee, one 45); Niamh Dollard (1-0); Marie Maher, Elaine Mahony (0-2 each); Sarah Anne Fitzgearld, Claire Walsh (0-1 each). Kilkenny - Emma Comerford (0-7, six frees); Lydia Fitzpatrick, Meagan Farrell (0-2 each); Orla Handrick (0-1).

Kilkenny - Laura Walker, Lisa Carey Stacey Quirke, Sonia Buggy, Maeve Mansfield, Aine Fahey, Claire Aylward, Aine Kinsella ,Lydia Fitzpatrick, Sarah Crowley, Emma Comerford , Orla Hanrick, Megan Farrell, Marie Dargan, Aisling Butler. Subs - Noelle Murphy, Therese Muldowney, Kelly Ann Cottrell, Ann Marie Lennon, Nessa Farrell.

Laois - Laura Dunne, Mairead Burke, Marion O’Grady, Catriona Downey , Alison McEvoy, Sarah Ann Fitzgerald, Eimear Delaney, Ann Marie Purcell, Louise Mahony, Sile Burke, Elaine Mahony, Dawn Mortinmer, Olga Parkinson, Niamh Dollard, Laura Marie Maher. Subs - Emma Phelan, Aoife Donovan, Rosemary Bermingham, Claire Walsh, Lorna Campion, Lizzie Ryan, Sharon Moylan, Aishling Burke, Aishling Dunphy, Karen Cuddy, Michelle Holmes , Brigie Cuddy, Rosie Phelan, Stephanie England, Rebecca Treacy, Joan Dollard.