CLARE’S LADIES FOOTBALLERS have qualified for the Division 3 National League final and are sixty minutes away from promotion.
Venue: Emmet Park, Killoe
Kildare stand in Clare’s way of securing promotion to Division 2 with their return of seven goals seeing them storm through the challenge of Longford on Sunday.
Prior to the game, Wayne Freeman’s side were situated in fourth spot on the table, they produced a very clinical display which not alone pushed them into the league final but also relegated Longford.
Dominant in attack and defence, Clare kept their opponents scoreless for the entire opening half and had built up a tally of 5-06. Aisling Reidy raided for the first goal within two minutes with Áine Keane, Chloe Moloney, Fidelma Marrinan and Lizzy Roche also raising green flags.
Cliodhna Blake and Eimear Keane scored the goals for Clare in the second half and they were denied two more with Longford keeper Riane McGrath producing a couple of fine saves. Longford were reduced to 14 players when Katie Crawford received a sin-bin yellow card in the 55th minute
CLARE: Amy Lenihan, Aine Keane, Siofra Ni Chonaill, Grainne Harvey, Louise Griffin, Caoimhe Harvey, Sinead Considine, Aisling Reidy, Chloe Moloney, Eimear Keane, Fidelma Marrinan, Amy Sexton, Lizzy Roche, Cliodhna Blake, Ciara McCarthy.
Subs used: Orla Devitt, Megan Downes and Emma Healy.
LONGFORD: Ruth Jones, Shauna McCormack, Grace Kenny, Emma Doris, Caoimhe McCormack, Maria Kelleher, Hannah Glennon, Grace Shannon (1-1), Ella O’Reilly, Caoimhe Lohan, Katelyn McKeon, Clodagh Lohan, Edel Sheehy, Ella Duggan, Ellie Lynn.
Subs:- Riane McGrath for R Jones (half-time), Kate Shannon (0-2, frees) for E Sheehy (half-time), Teni Alaba for G Kenny (half-time), Katie Crawford for K McKeon (half-time), Aisling Cosgrove (1-0, penalty) for E Duggan (half-time), Aoife O’Brien for E Lynn (half-time), Ellen Byrne for Shauna McCormack (40 mins).