Donegal Ladies lose in Laois

Donegal Ladies lose in Laois
Donegal suffered an opening day defeat away to Laois yesterday in the Tesco Homegrown Ladies National Football League Division One.

Donegal suffered an opening day defeat away to Laois yesterday in the Tesco Homegrown Ladies National Football League Division One.

Laois 2-18

Donegal 3-5

While there was ten points in it at the finish, this game was much closer in terms of play than the final scoreline suggests.

Just six points separated the teams at half-time as Laois led 1-8 to 1-2.

And despite conceding a further 1-10 in the second half Donegal gave as good as they got for long spells in that second period.

Donegal were without their sharpshooter Geraldine McLaughlin for this game, played in Crettyard.

“We have no complaints about the result. Laois were the best team. But we could have been much closer than ten points to them at the final whistle,” said Donegal manager Margaret Foy, who was taking charge of Donegal for the first time.

“We had loads of possesions and scoring chances; it was just that our shooting let us down which is understandable because we haven’t got much work done on the practice pitch. All our training so far has been on building up fitness levels.”

TOP SCORER

Captain Eilish Ward, with 2-2, was Donegal’s top scorer while Rachael McGee from Gaoth Dobhair marked her senior debut with a goal. Karen Feeney, Karen Guthrie and Kate Keaney were the other Donegal point scorers.

Donegal: Niamh Mailey; Clare Murray, Nicole McLaughlin, Orla Carr; Rose Boyle, Katie Herron, Therese McCafferty; Karen Feeney (0-1), Kate Keaney (0-1); Niamh Carr, Aishling Cunningham, Ailish Ward (2-2); Rachael McGee (1-0), Karen Guthrie (0-1), Roishin Friel. Subs used: Kelly Wilson, Emer Gallagher, Loraine O’ Connell, Emma McCroary.

Next up

Donegal are at home to Cork next Sunday with the game scheduled for Convoy at 12.30