LIDL National Football League Round 2
February 10, 2019, 2:00 pm
Kildare
2-10 - 2-12
Roscommon
HT: 0 - 0

Match Report

Lidl  National Ladies League Division 3

Kildare            2-10  

Roscommon  2-12

GREAT COMEBACK FROM  ROSCOMMON LADIES

Midway in the second half of this league tie played in windy and cold Newbridge on Sunday, Roscommon trailed by ni

ne points and their task seemed insurmountable. Kildare seemed to be in total control having led at half time by 1-8 to 0-4. When they netted again ten minutes in to the second half, they looked to be home and dry, especially as Roscommon were finding it

difficult to break down the resolute home defence. However manager Michael Finneran changed the game with his substitutions, particularly with Sheila Brady who cracked in two goals in a frantic last fifteen minutes.  In fact the Roscommon notched up a total of  2-5 in this period and held their opposition scoreless.  Supersub Brady accounted for two goals and two points of this total with the remaining three points coming from the boot of freetaker, Rebecca Finan.

This was a truly amazing comeback as Kildare were on top in the first half and except for several missed chances cou

ld be further ahead at  Interval.  Their goal come from the boot of Ellen Dowling after a mix up in the Roscommon defence.  Roscommons scores in the first half came from Rebecca Finan ( two frees) and Laura Fleming ( one free and one from play). Kildare created many chances as the cut through the visitors defence easily and they could be further ahead except for some bad wides.  Roscommon toiled against the wind against a massed Kildare defence and scores were at a premium for them in the first half.

The visitors began the second half with more initiative and when Katie Daly was fouled after a long run, Rebecca Finan pointed. However disaster was to strike when Ellen Dowling, who had now moved to full forward,

netted af

ter a long ball over the top, caught the Roscommon defence out of position.  This score against the run of play made Roscommons position difficult, but to their credit the kept battling away and were rewarded for their efforts.  Jenny Higgins and Sheila Brady were introduced and immediately the forward line began to move with more purpose.  Katie Daly and Siobhan Tully drew frees which were punished by Finan while Lara Curran pointed from a free for Kildare after one of their infrequent forays into Roscommon territory.  This was to be their last score as Roscommon dominated th

e exchanges for the rest of the game. The defence tightened up with Sinead Kenny and Joanne Cregg closing off the middle and Honor Ennis and Niamh Feeney, who had an excellent game, tigerish in the corners. Shauna Bannon was solid in the half back line and Roisin Wynne made some strong runs down her wing.  Laura Fleming worked tirelessly at midfield as did Aine Ryan until she was replaced by Rachel Brady.

It was the second half display by the forwards and especially the substitutes which turned this game. The comeback began with a great move set in motion by Cregg and Fleming and ended with Higgins finding  Tully who was fouled in the square by the Kildare goalkeeper, Rebecca McGuirk. McGuirk was yellow carded for her tackle and the penalty taker, Brady had to wait for several  minutes as  Tully required  attention and the goalkeeper had to be replaced. It did not deter the Michael Glaveys ace as she cooly slotted the spot kick home. This was followed by three frees, two from Finan and one from Brady as the Kildare defence came under severe pressure.  Brady landed a massive point from out the field after great support play from the hardworking Sorcha Bruen.  Siobhan Tully despite not scoring continued to win frees and another of those was nailed by Finan to leave the minimum between the teams. Roscommons ploy of moving up on Kildares kickouts continued to bear fruit and moving into injury time,  they struck for matchwinning score.  Great work again by Higgins  who dispossessed the Kildare defender and found Finan who set Brady cle

ar to finish expertly into th

e corner.  Tully whose work rate was outstanding was yellow carded  and Roscommon now down to fourteen players, defended valiantly during an incredible seven and a half minutes of injury time. Goalkeeper Helena Cummins made a fine catch in her goalmouth as the referee finally blew the final whistle, much to the delight of the Roscommon players, management and small handful of travelling supporters.

Roscommon ladies can face the rest of their league campaign with confidence and if they display the same heart, determination never say die attitude in future, then they can have a major influence in the final stages of this league. With maximum points from their opening two games they travel to Meath next, to renew the rivalry of last year.

Roscommon

Helena Cummins,  Honor Ennis, Sinead Kenny (capt), Niamh Feeney, Shauna Bannon, Joanne Cregg, Roisin Wynne, Laura Fleming, (0-2, one free) Aine Ryan, Katie Daly, Sorcha Bruen, Lisa Flynn, Siobhan Tully, Rebecca Finan, (0-8, 8 frees) Louise Brady.

Subs used ;  Sheila Brady (2-2, one free)  for L Brady, Rachel Brady for A Ryan, Grainne Lohan for S Bannon.

Kildare

Rebecca McGurk, Rachel Cribbin, Rose Mernach, Shauna Hendrick, Louise Scully, Laura Gilbert, Trina Duggan, Sarah Munnelly, Grace Clifford, Lara Curran, (0-5, 4 frees)  Ellen Dowling, (2-1),  Molly Price,  ( 0-1),  Orlaith Sullivan,  (0-1 one free),  Neasa Dooley,  (0-2), Michael McKenna.

Subs used ; Amy Horan, Aoife Rattigan, Michelle Curley.

Referee ; Stephen McNulty ( Wicklow)