Lidl Ladies Division 3 National Football League Round 1

Roscommon 5-14    Offaly 0-08

Ward Bros sponsored Roscommon senior ladies team got their national football league off to perfect start when they had 21 points to spare over Offaly in damp and blustery Kiltoom on Sunday last. A good start to the first half despite playing into a gale force wind and a strong second half performance was the catalyst for this victory. Scoring five goals and fourteen points while just conceding eight points this early in the season has to be very pleasing for manager Michael Finneran and his management team.  

Playing into the teeth of a strong gale in the first half Roscommon got the perfect start with just three minutes on the clock, Laura Fleming firing an excellent goal to the top left corner after some good build up play. Two Mairead Daly points for the visitors and a point from Laura Fleming and Rebecca Finan left 1-02 to 0-02 before Roscommon’s second goal came from the boot of Jenny Downey on the quarter hour mark. Offaly to their credit didn’t give up and ate back into the Roscommon lead scoring  three points without reply to leave it 2-02 to 0-06, after twenty five minutes points coming from Mairead Daly, Lisa Gorman (free) and Ellee McEvoy . It was Roscommon who finished the half the stronger with four points from Rebecca Finan (3 one free) and Jenny Higgins (1) to go into the break 2-06 to 0-06 and a strong wind to come for the second half.

Laura Fleming extended the Roscommon lead within a minute of the restart with a point from play. 1-01 from Rebecca Finan in the next two minutes had this game put the beyond the reach of the Faithful, but they did breach the Roscommon rearguard in the thirty sixth minute but a superb save from Helena Cummins in the Roscommon goal denied Mairead Daly a excellent goal chance. The sucker punch came for Offaly in the fortieth minute when Roscommon’s top scorer on the day Rebecca Finan got in for her second and the home side’s fourth goal to leave it 4-08 to 0-08.

Roscommon went on to score a further 1-06 in the final twenty minutes with Jenny Higgins (1-0), Sheila Brady (2), Niamh Feeney (1), Rebecca Finain(2) Niamh Fleming (1) to leave the final score Roscommon 5-14 Offaly 0-08.

Next up for Roscommon is the long treck to the Russell Gaelic Union Sports Grounds in Downpatrick Co. Down on Sunday at 2p.m.

Roscommon Team: Helena Cummins, Amanda McLoone, Rochelle Mullanney, Rachel Brady, Joanne Cregg, Sinead Kenny (Capt), Róisín Wynne, jenny Higgins (1-1), Laura Fleming (1-2), Aishling McAuliffe, Jenny Downey(1-0), Niamh Feeney(0-1), Sheila Brady(0-2), Rebecca Finan (2—07, 3 frees), Rachel Fitzmaurice.  

Subs used: Sinead Farrell, Honor Ennis, Feena Beirne, Niamh Fleming, Aine Galvin.

Other Subs: Sasha Lavin, Shannon Dowd, Louise Brady, Sarah Scally, Ciara Corcoran, Lauren Curran.

Offaly: Lauren Dunne, Annie Kehoe, sarah Cummins, Emer Nally, sarah Bracken, Grainne Dolan, Aoife Carey, Aoife Noris, Amy Gavin Mangan, Mairead Daly90-3) (Capt),Emily Bailey, Lisa Gorman (0-2), Maebh Coleman, Ellee McEvoy(0-2) Clodagh McKeon.

Subs Used: Sinead Byrne, Kate McCann &  Imelda Fleming.

Other Subs: Sorcha Coleman, Katie Killeen, Abbie Dunne, Amy Kerrigan, Emma Maher, Niamh Glackin, Vicki Garey, Sarah Kehoe, Katie Kehoe.