Ladies demolish Limerick to book semi-final place

Showing an intent and focus to go on an extended run in this year’s TG4 Ladies All-Ireland Intermediate Championship, Leitrim demolished a poor challenge from Limerick last Sunday in Pairc Sheain Ui Eslin, Ballinamore.

Showing an intent and focus to go on an extended run in this year’s TG4 Ladies All-Ireland Intermediate Championship, Leitrim demolished a poor challenge from Limerick last Sunday in Pairc Sheain Ui Eslin, Ballinamore.

By John Connolly

Leitrim 4-16

Limerick 1-7

Once Sinead McWeeney forced home a goal just four minutes into last Sunday’s contest, the writing was already on the wall as Limerick were unable to match the power, pace and precision of a Leitrim team who are obviously incredibly fit and focussed for a run in this year’s championship.

Limerick, minus a lot of the players who troubled Leitrim in last year’s Division Four League Final, were obviously hampered by a lack of match practice but it is doubtful whether it would have made any difference such was the stark difference between the teams.

With Aine Tighe, Sinead McWeeney and Roisin Fowley getting on the end of some great passing movements, Leitrim were completely in control and with Sharon Kerrigan completely snuffing out the threat of the dangerous Dympna O’Brien, Limerick were simply blown away by the awesome home side.

A win next Sunday in London will see Leitrim top the group and book their place in the semi-finals but manager Niall Kilcrann may be slightly worried by the fact that his team have had two blow-outs and may go into the semi-finals without any sort of stern examination.

To read the full story see this wek’s Leitrim Observer.