Ladies ease into semi-final with unbeaten record

Leitrim ladies ensured that they completed their TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Championship Group phase with a hundred per cent record following a comfortable sixteen point win over London in Ruislip last Sunday.

Leitrim ladies ensured that they completed their TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Championship Group phase with a hundred per cent record following a comfortable sixteen point win over London in Ruislip last Sunday.

By KEVIN GLANCY

LEITRIM 2-15

LONDON 1-2

Leitrim manager Niall Kilcrann was pleased with his team’s performance, saying “Ruislip is always a difficult place to come away from with a win and we’re just happy to have done that today. London were always competitive, but I’m glad with the way our girls maintained their performance all through.

“Our aim at the outset was to finish top of the group and we’ve accomplished that. Our next game is the All Ireland semi final and we know that will be another step up from the games so far. We won’t know who our opponents will be until next weekend, but regardless of they are, we will be working hard and preparing over the next few weeks to ensure that we will be ready for it.”

Leitrim made six changes to the starting fifteen from the Limerick game and the manner of this win shows the strength in depth that exists in the Leitrim squad. London fielded their strongest panel to date and proved to be very competitive throughout the game, Cloone native Una Creegan lining out at corner-forward for the Exiles.

Played in warm sunshine but with a strong downfield wind, Leitrim adapted well to the conditions and make their intentions clear straight from the throw in when captain Sinead Fowley pointed after just 30 seconds. Leitrim’s superior fitness and support play was evident all through, and by the eight minute they led by 1-3 to no score, their goal coming from Aine Tighe following good work by Bridget Gallagher.

London replied with a goal and a point shortly afterwards to close the gap to two points, but Leitrim didn’t panic and kept the scoreboard ticking over to lead by 1-9 to 1-1 at half time.

To read the full report see this week’s Leitrim Observer.