Irish Daily Star National League Division 3
Saturday 14th March at 2.30 pm in Ballybrown
Limerick lost out to Carlow by 0-14 to 1-5 in their League clash on Saturday in Ballybrown. The match, which was a replay of the 2014 Junior A final, saw a much changed Limerick side face a Carlow team who were out to prove a point.
Limerick opened the scoring in a closely fought first half through a Caitrín De Bhál free but that was quickly cancelled out by a point from Marian Doyle for Carlow. Two more points from Caitrín put Limerick ahead again only for Carlow to level again.
Adare’s Lane sisters combined for Limerick’s next score when Cliona broke down the left hand side and delivered a great ball into the goal mouth where Avril reached up to bat it into the net to put Limerick ahead 1-3 to 0-3.
Carlow however fought back and continued pressure led to Limerick conceding frees three of which were converted by Eleanor Treacy to send the sides in level at the break.
Carlow started the second half with great determination and five unanswered points in the first quarter built a significant lead. As the gap widened so Limerick tended to go for goals but the Carlow defence held firm and it was not until the last five minutes of the game that Limerick opened their second half account but by then it was too late and Carlow ran out deserving winners by 0-14 to 1-5.
Despite the disappointment of Saturday’s result Limerick will know that a League semi-final slot is still well within their grasp and will look forward to next weekend’s visit of Armagh and an Easter Sunday trip to Dublin for their final group game.
Caitrín De Bhál 0-5 (4 frees), Avril Lane 1-0
1 Catherine Fitzgerald (Adare), 7 Katie Hennessey (Ballyagran), 2 Louise Curtin (Ballybrown), 4 Caitríona Neville (Croagh Kilfinny), 5 Sarah Crotty (Ahane), 6 Grace Lee (Newcastle West), 9 Úna O'Connor (Crecora), 8 Niamh Tuite (Treaty Gaels), 10 Mairéad Clancy (Ballybrown), 18 Mairéad O'Connell (Crecora), 11 Cliona Lane (Adare), 15 Caitrín De Bhál (Killeedy), 13 Bríd Hannan (Croagh Kilfinny), 14 Avril Lane (Adare), 17 Elaine Kennedy (Newcastle West)
21 Emily-Rose Mulcahy (Killeedy) for Elaine Kennedy