Just like their male counterparts, Leitrim Ladies footballers suffered defeat in Fraher Field Dungarvan last Sunday in the penultimate round of the Tesco Homegrown Ladies Division 3 campaign.
Waterford, second in the table behind leaders Armagh, were always favoured in this game but Leitrim put up stern resistance before losing out by nine points, 6-8 to 3-8.
Leitrim currently lie in fourth place in Division 3 on nine points but are under pressure from Wexford and Sligo for the final place in the League semi-finals.
Ballinamore hosts the meeting of Leitrim and third placed Tipperary next Sunday and a win would guarantee Leitrim a semi-final berth but anything less could leave them vulnerable.
Waterford opened the scoring when Margaret Revins put a rebound into the net after just five minutes but Leitrim hit back as Aine Heslin pointed and Aine Tighe was denied a goal by a brilliant Aimee Jordan save.
Leitrim took the lead when Michelle Heslin goaled but Waterford turned the game on its head with two well taken goals from Revins and Liz Devine. However, Leitrim would dominate the rest of the half as the visitors hit five unanswered points, four from Áine Tighe and one from Áine Heslin to leave the halftime score at 3-1 to 1-6 in favour of the home side.
Michelle Heslin pounced on a defensive blunder to goal in the first minute of the second half and a Sarah McLoughlin point extended the lead before Waterford hit back with two points.
But Leitrim looked on their way to a surprise victory when Deirdre Ward got Leitrim’s third goal in the 13th minute and it could have been so much more had Aine Tighe not being denied a goal by a point blank save from Jordan.
That spurred on Waterford and Revins completed her hat trick with a third goal in the 17th minute to narrow the gap and they went back in front with a goal from Michelle Ryan as well as three points.
Waterford’s subs made a big impact with Shauna Dunphy goaling five minutes from time and the home side added three more points to run out flattering winners.
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