Shels ladies well beaten
The Shelmalier ladies' footballers were comprehensively defeated by the Laois champions in the Leinster club championship in Hollymount on Saturday.
Sarsfields (Laois) 3-13 Shelmalier 1-6
Having won the toss the Shels girls elected to play with the aid of a stiff breeze. However, they found themselves seven points in arrears when Olwyn Farrell opened the scoring inside the opening 20 seconds with a point.
This was followed by two goals from the speedy Rachel Williams after three and eight minutes before Deirdre McMahon opened the Shels account in the ninth minute. It was always going to be an uphill struggle after that against the Leinster club champions of 2013 and 2014.
Leona Tector and Ciara O'Loughlin exchanged points before a brace of points from Tracey Lawlor and O'Loughlin again opened up a nine-point lead. Deirdre Fox pointed a free following a foul on the speedy Sarah Harding-Kenny who was prominent throughout.
The Shels had come to grips with the pace of the game at this stage and Leona Tector gave Clodagh Dunne no chance with a penalty kick after Ceara O'Brien was tripped as she bore down on goal to cut the deficit to five points. Kellie Kearney and Olwyn Farrell exchanged points to leave the score 2-6 to 1-4 at the interval.
The Shels improved considerably in the second-half but failed to put scores on the board that their approach play deserved mainly due to the final pass going astray, wrong options ignoring better-placed colleagues, and some wayward shooting as well as good defending by a strong Sarsfields back line.
Farrell had Sarsfields' opening score of the second-half after 39 minutes followed by two Tracy Lawlor pointed frees before Deirdre Fox pointed following a foul on Harding-Kenny.
The Mountmellick outfit added a further 1-4 in the final ten minutes courtesy of 1-2 from Ciara Burke and 0-2 from Lorna O'Sullivan, with Leona Tector's point from play the only reply from the home side to leave the final score 3-13 to 1-6.
Shelmalier: Siobhán Claoke; Lisa Quill, Eadaoin Fitzgerald, Maeve Quill (capt.); Michelle Harding, Clara Donnelly, Ciara Corrigan; Róisín Murphy, Eleanor Neville; Kellie Kearney (0-1), Deirdre Fox (0-2), Ceara O'Brien; Sarah Harding-Kenny, Leona Tector (1-2), Deirdre McMahon (0-1). Subs. - Ciara Neville for Fitzgerald, Sadbh McCarthy for L. Quill, Fiona Kinsella for Harding, also Róisín Tobin, Megan Scallan, Mikaela Lanigan, Leanne Corrigan, Shauna Murphy, Enya Byrne.
Sarsfields: Clodagh Dunne; Laura Peake, Jenny McEvoy, Maria Walsh; Casey Conroy, Mags McEvoy, Louise Bergin; Alison McEvoy, Joyce Dunne; Lorna O'Sullivan (0-2), Tracey Lawlor (0-4), Olwyn Farrell (0-3); Meaghan Dunne, Ciara O'Loughlin (0-2), Rachel Williams (2-0). Subs. - Ciara Burke (1-2), Lorraine Curham, Clare Conlon, Laura Marie Maher, Amy Grehan, Becky Williams, Aine O'Neill, Caoimhe Callaly, Ruth Williams, Niamh Williams, Rosemary Bermingham, Aileen O'Loughlin, Amy Loughman, Grace Weston.
Referee: Colm McManus (Meath).
The management and County Board would like to wish the following county managers and their selectors all the best in 2017: Under-14, Peter O'Brien (Bannow-Ballymitty); Under-16, M.J. Berry (Kilmore); Minor, Paul Kenny (Shelmalier).
2017 trials for the Under-14 county panel will continue next Sunday, October 9, in Páirc Charman, and on October 16. All players have to attend and participate in two out of the three dates (October 2 was the first) to be considered for the final selection.
Due to the large number of players expected to attend the trials, we will be reducing the numbers after the third day (October 16), and only the selected players will be contacted to compete in the final trial day on October 23. Following this trial, the final squad will be selected.
Only five/six players per club, and gum shields must be worn.
Due to the large number of girls attending trials and to give each player an equal chance, we have divided clubs into two time slots. Players must arrive early on the first day to allow time to register.
Clubs coming at 10 to 11.15 a.m. are as follows: Bannow-Ballymitty, Ballyhogue, Clonard, Clongeen, Crossabeg-Ballymurn, Glynn-Barntown, Gusserane, Kilmore, St. Anne's, St. Fintan's, St. Martin's, Slaney Gaels, Taghmon-Camross, Rathgarogue-Cushinstown, Volunteers and Shelmalier.
Clubs coming at 11.15 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. are as follows: Adamstown, Ballygarrett, Baile Dubh Tíre, Castletown, Clonee, Fethard, Horeswood, Kilanerin, Naomh Eanna, Blackwater, St. James', Bunclody, Starlights, Shamrocks, Davidstown-Courtnacuddy.
Under-18 trials will start on Saturday, October 8, in Páirc Charman from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.