Leitrim Ladies all but guaranteed their progression to the semi finals of this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Division 3 with a dominant 19 point win over Wicklow in Páirc Sheáin Uí Eislin in Ballinamore on Sunday afternoon. The win now sees Niall Kilcrann’s side sitting second in their division, level on points with top of the table Westmeath with Armagh and Down placed third and fourth respectively with two games each left to play.
By David Goulden
Leitrim blitzed their opponents early on as they stunned Wicklow with three goals and two points without reply in the first ten minutes. Aine Tighe began the bombardment on the away side’s goal straight from the throw-in when she caught a Deirdre Ward pass just outside the square, turned past her marker and sent the ball past Jennifer Lyons in the Wicklow goal. The first minute had barely elapsed when Leitrim doubled their lead. Full forward Erin Farrell fist passing the ball over Wicklow corner back Aoife Heffernan to the on-running Sinead Fowley who calmly placed the ball past Lyons.
Leitrim goalkeeper Catherine O’Brien hadn’t much to worry about in the opening quarter, but the St Joseph’s net-minder had to rely on her luck on four minutes when she let Sinead Fisher’s shot slip through her arms at her post. O’Brien relieved to see the ball go out for a 45. Leitrim completed an early hat-trick of goals on six minutes when half forward Kiara Keegan scored her first goal of the game after some good work from Sarah McManus and Erin Farrell, Keegan driving the ball low and hard past Lyons.
Aine Tighe and captain Lorraine Brennan registered two more points on the scoreboard in quick succession on ten minutes before Tighe scored her third point of the game five minutes later from a close range free.
To read the full match report see this week’s Leitrim Observer.