Breaking Ball – March 23rd



Ladies back in the hunt

Roscommon are back in the promotion hunt in Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3, following a 4-10 to 2-6 win against neighbours Longford in Kenagh last Friday night. The seeds for this win were grown in the opening half when Roscommon scored three fine goals from Alice Kelly, Sinead Kenny and Sinead Farrell. Roscommon led by 3-5 to 0-3 at half-time.

  Longford, led by Mairéad Farrell were much better on the resumption and Farrell and Aisling Greene scored goals for the home side. But they were of consolation value as Roscommon were always well ahead and Alice Kelly scored a fine goal, her second of the game, midway through the half.

Roscommon: Helena Cummins; Honor Ennis, Feena Beirne, Rachel Brady; Roisin Wynne (0-2), Aisling McAuliffe, Niamh Feeney (0-3); Joanne Cregg (0-1), Sinead Kenny (1-0); Rachel Fitzmaurice, Laura Fleming, Alice Kelly (2-1); Niamh Fleming, Rebecca Finan (0-2), Sinead Farrell. Subs: Sheila Brady, Louise Tully, Rebecca Coyle, Martina Freyne (0-1), Triona Kelly, Niamh Warde.

First half demolition!

Roscommon overcame Clare in their second game in the Littlewoods Ireland National Camogie League Division 3 in Ennis last Sunday on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-7.

  Roscommon took full advantage of playing with the conditions in the opening half and they led by 1-7 to 0-1 at that stage. Sinead O’Brien scored the vital goal in the 26th minute.

  Clare were much better in the second half but the Roscommon defence held firm with goalkeeper Caroline Connaughton and Niamh Farrell outstanding. Roscommon face Kerry in their next game on Easter Sunday.

Roscommon: Caroline Connaughton; Eimear McNally, Niamh Farrell, Meabdh Tiernan; Siobhan Coyle, Joanne Beattie, Eala Coyle; Niamh Coyle, Laura Fleming (0-1); Niamh Watson, Sinead O’Brien (1-0), Susan Spillane (0-4); Aisling Dempsey (0-1), Fiona Connell, Rachel Fitzmaurice (0-3). Coleen Kelly for Connell, Rachel Neilan for O’Brien, Leah Rowe for Watson, Grainne Whyte-Lennon for Fitzmaurice, Laura Keenan for Dempsey.

Minors beat Sligo and Leitrim

The Cox’s Steakhouse sponsored Roscommon minor ladies opened their Connacht Championship campaign with a comprehensive 4-14 to 2-5 win over Sligo at Tourlestrane on March 10th.

  The girls then faced Leitrim last Monday and were in ruthless form, running out 14-17 to 1-6 winners.

All-Ireland Schools Semi-Finals

St. Nathy’s College will face Lucan CBS in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools ‘B’ Championship Semi-Final this Saturday. That game will be played in Moate and, at the time of going to press, is pencilled in for 12.30 pm.

  Meanwhile, Coláiste Chiaráin were beaten in their All-Ireland Post Primary Schools ‘C’ Championship Semi-Final by Leinster champions, Ardee Community School from Co. Louth, on a scoreline of 4-11 to 2-8 at St. Loman’s, Mullingar on Tuesday afternoon.