KILDARE LGFA Manager, Daniel Moynihan, has kept faith with the same 15 that started in the disappointing 2-16 to 2-13 loss to Laois in Round 1 of the Lidl National League on Sunday last.
It was a game that the Lilywhites were capable of winning and a game that they lost rather than Laois won seemed to be the overwhelming feeling in the camp after the game. Despite early goals from Neasa Dooley and Lara Curran Kildare had difficulty containing Laois sharpshooter, Mo Nerney, until Laoise Lenehan took on that role with success late on.
Kildare have enormous potential in Lenehan and the likes of Lauren Murtagh but they also have huge experience in Lara Gilbert, Siobhan O’Sullivan, Grainne Kenneally, Grace Clifford and Roisin Byrne, who Manager Moynihan hopes can bring the younger players through in tight situations.
Kildare must win on Sunday otherwise they would be facing into a relegation battle which would be unthinkable after last year’s League performances. It won’t be easy though as Wicklow are a big physical team who reached an All Ireland Final last year before losing to Fermanagh. Added to the task for Kildare is the fact that Moorefield’s Mark Murnaghan is in charge of the Garden County LGFA team.
Murnaghan has managed Kildare underage LFGA teams in the past and was in charge of the senior team for a while. He won’t want for knowledge on this Kildare team. Wicklow lost 1-7 to 0-8 in Round 1 last Sunday so a victory is most important to them also.
If Kildare can recapture the form shown in the Spring of 2020 then victory should be their lot on Sunday.
Kildare LGFA Team Versus Wicklow 30 May, 2pm Aughrim
1 Brooke Dunne (Sarsfields)
2 Claire Sullivan (Carbury)
3 Lara Gilbert (Kildangan Nurney)
4 Mia Doherty (Leixlip)
5 Lauren Murtagh (Milltown)
6 Laoise Lenehan (Kill)
7 Hazel McLoughlin (Eadestown)
8 Siobhan O’Sullivan (Eadestown)
9 Grainne Kenneally (Eadestown)
10 Orlaith Sullivan (Carbury)
11 Lara Curran (Milltown)
12 Grace Clifford (Eadestown) (Capt)
13 Ellen Dowling (Suncroft)
14 Neasa Dooley (Castledermot)
15 Roisin Byrne (Sarsfields)
16 Dervla McGinn (Maynooth)
17 Molly Aspell (Kilcullen)
18 Rachel Cribbin (Balyna)
19 Triona Duggan (Suncroft)
20 Caoimhe Fagan Hynes (Kilcock)
21 Shauna Kendrick (Sarsfields)
22 Elaine Keogh (Sarsfields)
23 Mikaela McKenna (Na Fianna)
24 Sarah Munnelly (Confey)
25 Claire Nugent (Sallins)
26 Aoife Rattigan (Cappagh)
27 Fiona Troute (Athy)
28 Eva Turley (Leixlip)
29 Ciara Wheeler (St Laurence’s)
30 Gillian Wheeler (St Laurence’s)
Referee: Paul Burke (Meath)