Beirne inspires rampant Leitrim to easy win

Inspired by a scintillating display from the outstanding Dearbhaile Beirne, Leitrim romped to an easy victory over Mayo in the Connacht Ladies Under 14 Championship, putting them on course for a place in the Provincial a Final for the first time.

Inspired by a scintillating display from the outstanding Dearbhaile Beirne, Leitrim romped to an easy victory over Mayo in the Connacht Ladies Under 14 Championship, putting them on course for a place in the Provincial a Final for the first time.

Inspired by a scintillating display from the outstanding Dearbhaile Beirne, Leitrim romped to an easy victory over Mayo in the Connacht Ladies Under 14 Championship, putting them on course for a place in the Provincial a Final for the first time.

CONANCHT LADIES U-14 CHAMPIONSHIP

LEITRIM 5-19

MAYO 3-9

By John Connolly

After the best possible start of two goals in the first three minutes from the irrepressible Beirne, Leitrim never looked back as they absorbed everything Mayo could throw at them and then hit on the break to score a massive victory over the visitors to Leitrim Gaels Community Field.

With two wins from two, Leitrim now face an equally impressive Galway this week in their next game, a Galway side who scored an unheard of 17-19 in their demolition of Sligo last week so it will be a major step up in class for Pat McWeeney’s side.

Mayo had some excellent players in Natasha Gaughan and Shauna Howley but they just didn’t have the overall strength in depth possessed by Leitrim, nor the defensive strength of the Leitrim girls for whom Shannon O’Rourke, Sadhbh Sweeney and Shauna Plunkett were outstanding in the full-back line.

The major difference, however, came further up the field – with Mayo forced to push forward, Leitrim hit them and hit them hard on the break, the hard running of Dearbhaile Beirne in particular unstoppable from Mayo’s point of view.

Time and time again, Beirne took off on scintillating runs, chased forlornly by the Mayo defenders as she plundered an incredible 3-7.

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