Report: Div 2 NL Dublin v Laois

(11 Mar 2020)

Littlewoods Ireland Div 2 National League, Dublin Vs Laois, Sunday 8th March 2020 at Broombridge

Full Time score : Dublin 4 8 Laois 0 7


The sun shone on the day for the first time in the league with the Dublin Intermediates, compared to the farce of conditions the week previous, were a lottery result was the outcome in the game against Tipperary.

The first 5 minutes seen both teams been tenacious and sounding each other out.

Dublin from the start seemed to be confident in defence, and were beginning to move the ball through the lines, to cause concern to the Laois defence. A couple of scouting strikes towards the Laois posts, were follow in the 6th minute, with a free for Dublin, which Aoibhe Dillon converted from 40 yards out, to open the games account.

Dublin kept the pressure on, and were again rewarded with a free 50 yards out to the right, which Aoibhe Dillon duly dispatched, to make it 2 points up to the home team, with 8 minutes on the clock.

From the resultant puck out, Dublin won the ball, with Niamh Gleeson, playing low into the danger zone, were O'Connor won the ball and turning her defender, struck it over the bar, to make it 3 up for the Dubs.

Laois opened their account with a well worked point in the 10th minute, but on the resumption the Laois defence was creaking again under the Dublin pressure, but in a rare foray into the Dublin half, they were a point behind, the closet they would get to Dublin, in the 16th minute,

Dublin pulled away when Niamh Heffernan split the posts, from out on the right 40 yards out, in the 17th minute, and from that moment, Dublin just pulled away in the second 15 minutes of the first half.

Niamh Gleeson. won the ball in the middle, and fed it down the line to Chole O'Connor, who played a low ball into the supporting Megan Benson, who ran at the goal, and was hauled down by the Laois full back, leading to a penalty.

Up stepped Aoibhe Dillon, who netted despite the vain efforts of the Laois keeper. Dublin 1 4 Laois 0 2, 21 minutes gone.

The home pushed ahead, with a cracking move started by Sinead Murphy, on winning the ball, played it to Niamh Heffernan, who drew the Laois defence, and hand passed to Megan Benson, who turned and swivelled and put the ball over for another point.


Every Laois venture up the pitch was dwarfed by the Dublin backs, who were solid, and during the next few minutes, Dublin hit a succession of wides.

Into injury time and Dublin got their second penalty. Claire Rigney, won the ball on the right and played it in to the forwards, the Loais keeper won the ball and player it the full back, who was surrounded and robbed by the Dublin forwards, with Sinead Murphy winning the ball and driving through, drawing the Laois defenders, before a low pass to Chole O'Connor, who on the pick up 10 yards out was bundled over, for the second penalty.

Aoibhe Dillon dispatched low into the net. A disappointing stat from the first half was the 9 wides that Dublin had.

Half time Dublin 2 5 Laois 0 2.


Laois came out the second half and went at Dublin, and rustled up 3 points, including 2 frees. But Dublin showed character, with Aoibhe Dillon restoring order with her 3rd point, in the 37th minute, after Niamh came out of the defence and found Aoibhe in her centre forward role. Dublin 2 6 Laois 0 5.

Dublin's next score was from Aoibhe Dillon in 40th minute, when her short free was cleared, it came back to her, and been nearer to the posts, it was soon swept over. Aoibhe wasn't done there, with the move of the game starting from the backs, Ciara Buchanan winning the ball from two Laois players, and hand passes to Shauna McBride, who looks up and picks out Sinead with a diagonal ball, which Sinead plucks from the sky, who hand passes to the supporting Aoibhe, who sweeps the ball between the posts, this in the 41st minute.

Laois put over a free in the 43rd minute, to add to their score, but the game was over as a contest when Aoife McKearney won the ball and ran at the Laois defence, and sent a high ball onto the Laois keeper, who batten the ball away from goal, but Megan Benson had followed through and swept the ball into the nets. Dublin 3 8 Laois 0 6, 44 minutes gone.

Dublin now had the joy of emptying the bench, and Emma Gray who came on the 46th minute making her adult debut, was quick about making a impact.

Laois were down to 14, when their number 11, Claire Fitzgerald, swung her hurl at Dublin Captain, Ciara Buchanan, off the ball, but it was caught by the referee.

Niamh Heffernan wins possession in the backs and burst out down the centre, laying the ball onto Aoibhe Dillon, who send a high ball onto the Laois keeper, who like in the last instance, battens the ball down, and Emma Gray is on hand to sweep the ball into the net, but it is deemed as foul, and the goal is disallowed. But not to be outdone, Emma a minute later receives a ball from Aoibhe Dillon 30 yards out, and solo towards the Laois goal, side stepping 2 Laois players before burying into the net, Dublin 4 8 Laois 0 6, 54 minutes gone.

Laois pulled a point back in the 57th minute.


Full Time 4 8 Laois 0 7


Dublin were on top for the majority of the game. The intensity of their play, support play, the movement, the passing, the collective play was a joy to watch. Sublime passing was key in the game, which left Laois chasing shadows.

There were loads of candidates for player of the match, and it would be unfair to pick any player as each every player was brilliant.


This was a team performance that Dublin deserved, as the players have had  put in a lot of hard work in the pre-season.

The Dublin Intermediate squad have shown great application, hard work and personal sacrifice to play for Dublin, and have to be commended for their efforts.


Over the league campaign, Dublin used 29 of their 31 player panel, with 13 players been given debuts, Dara Cooke, Emma Parker, Sion Keating, Ciara Griffin, Megan Benson, Aoife McKearney, Anna Gerarty, Niamh Heffernan, Emma Gray, Niamh Doherty, Holly Finnegan, Sadhbh Duffy and Aisling Andrews. Out of the 31 players, 12 were Minors in 2019.

1. Dara Cooke

2. Emma Parker

3. Lauren Robinson

4. Sion Keating

5. Shauna McBride

6. Ciara Buchanan Capt.

7. Ciara Griffin

8. Niamh Heffernan 1pt

9. Niamh Gleesom

10. Claire Rigney

11. Aoibhe Dillon 2 goals 5pts (2, pen 2 frees)

12. Sinead Murphy

13. Aoife McKearney

14. Chole O'Connor 1pt

15. Megan Benson 1 goal 1pt


Emma Gray 1 goal on for Megan Benson

Roisin O'Grady on for Claire Rigney

Aisling Andrews on for Chole O'Connor

Emma Quinn on for Ciara Griffin

Nadine Murphy for Sinead Murphy



Stef Carthy

Caoimhe NI Maolagain

Chole Murphy

Niamh McCormack

Georgia Plowman

Emma Johnson

Amy Darcy

Holly Finnegan

Not Available

Niamh Doherty

Sadhbh Duffy

Anna Gerarty

Aoife Heffernan




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