Ward Bros Intermediate ladies just fall short against wexford.
The ward Bros intermediate ladies just fell short in this final league outing against the visitors Wexford on Sunday last in kiltoom, however it must be remembered both side had already qualified for the semi-finals and this showed in the intensity and flow of the game was not quite the same as it would have if it were something at stake. Having said that both sides gave it their all as both ran out their panels but still for sure wanted to win to keep vital momentum going ahead of that semi-final which ironically sees the same two sides meet again in two weeks times for a place in the final.
Both teams were slow out of the block, indeed it was a full three minutes before joanne Cregg opened the scoring for Roscommon with a lovely indivuadal point. Wexford replied quickly though through two points of their own from Bernie Breen and Siobhan Clarke. This was answered in the seventh minute with a Jenny Higgans equaliser. Then there was a period where both sides while having a lot of possession failed to turn it into scores until finally in the 13th minute Wexford nudged ahead again through a Fiona Rowe point and then the big breakthrough for the visitors came when a defensive error from Roscommon was clinically punished when full forward Fiona Rochford finished to the net in the 20th minute to suddenly leave four between them. The home side responded with a Rebecca finan point but Wexford’s tail were up now and added further points through Clarke and Ellen O Brien to leave five between them. Roscommon to their credit rallied well and kept ticking away at the scoreboard with points from Finan and two pointed frees from Martina Freyne to leave the half time score Roscommon 0-05 Wexford 1-05.
As both sides ringed the changes at half time (Roscommon making five changes alone) it took a while for both sides to get going again. Roscommon slowly began to reel the visitors back in with points from Shelia Brady (two) and Laura Fleming left the sides level with ten gone in the half. Indeed the home side got their noses in front when Alice kelly pointed in the 41st minute, indeed Roscommon were totally dominant at this and really should have been further ahead if it weren’t for some poor decisions and wayward shooting. In fact Wexford didn’t score for the first 20 minutes in the half, a reflection of how dominant Roscommon were. Unfortunately for the Rossies when the visitors did get on the score sheet it was a three pointer and again it was of the soft nature when a high ball from a free from Breen found its way into the net to leave them suddenly in lead despite Roscommon’s dominance. They visitors followed this with another Breen pointed free and suddenly from a position of staring defeat in the face Wexford were in command. But Roscommon rallied again with two points from Brady to leave just one in it again with the clock ticking into injury time. However as much as they tried they just couldn’t get that point they needed, in fact it was Wexford who got the last score with another Breen free to leave the final score of Wexford 2-07 Roscommon 0-11 a game that neither team will lose too much sleep over and will surely have no bearing on when the cross swords again in two weeks’ time.
Roscommon Team: Carol Manning, Honor Ennis, Amanda McLoone, Aishling McAuliffe, Sinead Kenny, Caroline Gunning, Gillian Dufficy, Joanne Cregg (0-1), Tara Taylor, Alice Kelly (0-1), Laura Flemming (0-1), Jenny Higgins (0-01), Rebecca Finan (0-1), Rachael Fitzmaurice and Martina Freyne (0-2).
Subs: Karin Roddy, Aoife Beades,), Rachel Corcoran, Sheila Brady(0-03) ,Rachel Brady (0-1), Rochelle Mullanney, Jenny Downey, Caoileann Beirne, Eilish Fannon, Bronagh McHugh
Player of the match: Amanda McCloone Roscommon. In a game where there was not too many stars because of the nature of the game the Roscommon full back was calmness personified. Running her a close second to POTM was Wexford midfielder Bernie Breen.
Turning point: Wexford’s second goal. Just when the home side seemed to be in total control Wexford got a fortuitous second goal with just ten minutes left which just turned the tide slightly in their favour.
What’s next? The Roscommon ladies take on Wexford again in their semi-final in two weeks’ time where a win is well within their grasp as they strive to keep the panel progressing with promotion a very real possibility.