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19/09/2021

Kildare ladies hit back to defeat Clare

Encouraging display coming from five points down to win

Kildare ladies dig deep to defeat Clare

Roisín Byrne shows her delight at the final whistle

Kildare Ladies came from a five point deficit to defeat Clare in the opening game of the TG4 Intermediate championship on Sunday.

Trailing by four at the break, The Lilies knuckled down and a mighty goal from Nessa Dooley sent them on their way.

Dooley's total of 1-2 along with five points from Roisin Byrne, and Ellen Dowling's vital opening goal saw Kildare get over the line on a final score line of 2-11 to 1-12.

Others to shine on the day were goalkeeper Mary Hulgraine, Laura Gilbert and Lauren Murtagh.

Kildare are in action again this weekend in the TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Championship Group 4 Rd 2 game is against Sligo and takes place this Sunday at 1pm in Kinnegad.

Scorers: Kildare: Neasa Dooley 1-2; Roisin Byrne 0-5; Ellen Dowling 1-0; Lara Curran 0-3 (3f); Grace Clifford 0-1.

Clare: Chloe Moloney 1-5; Fidelma Merrinan 0-2; Grainne Nolan 0-1; Cliodhan Blake 0-1; Roisin Considine 0-1; Eimear O’Connor 0-1; Niamh O’Dea 0-1.

KILDARE: Mary Hulgraine; Rachel Cribbin, Lara Gilbert, Shauna Kendrick; Sarah Minnelli, Grainne Keneally; Lauren Murtagh; Siobhan O’Sullivan, Erica Burke; Niamh Sinnott, Lara Curran, Aoife Rattigan; Grace Clifford, Neasa Dooley, Roisin Byrne. Subs: Ellen Dowling for Sinnott, 37; Claire O’Sullivan for Cribbin, 38.

CLARE: Micaela Glynn; Siofra Ni Chonaill, Ellie O’Gorman, Grainne Harvey; Roisin Considine, Orla Devitt, Aine Keane; Laura Egan, Caoimhe Harvey; Eimear O’Connor, Fidelma Merrinan, Ciara Hickey; Chloe Moloney, Grainne Nolan, Cliodhna Blake. Subs: Niamh O’Dea for Nolan, 30; Tara Kelly for Merrinan, 46; Louise Woods for O’Connor, 46; Roisin Looney for Harvey, 52; Amy Sexton for Blake, 58.

Full report and reaction in this week's Leinster Leader, in the shops now.

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