Brigid’s and Kilbride prepare for battle

Roscommon Ladies Senior Football Championship previews

Truly Irish Roscommon Ladies SFC Final: St. Brigid’s v Kilbride on Saturday in Knockcroghery at 5 pm

There is a novel pairing in the Roscommon Ladies Senior Football Final when Kilbride contest their first senior final against a very experienced St. Brigid’s team in what promises to be a cracking contest.

  Kilbride have been a revelation this year; winning the league for the first time, and an earlier championship game between the two sides was drawn after a thrilling contest.

  Brigid’s will be hoping to get back to winning ways after a couple of years out of the limelight. They have plenty of experience in the shape of Chrissie O’Malley, Claire Grehan, Fiona Gavin and Aine O’Brien.

  The St. Brigid’s team manager is Tom Lennon. “We have a full team going into the final and we are looking forward to it. It is no more than a 50/50 game. We played Kilbride this year in the championship and it was a draw and a real end-to-end affair and it will be the same on Saturday. Kilbride have improved out of all recognition this year and they are now a very good side and we will have to be on top of our game to beat them,” he said.

  “We struggled early on in the year with injuries and absentees but once the summer arrived things improved and we are coming right at the perfect time now and hopefully we can do ourselves justice on Saturday now.

  “It is great to be back in the final again and there is a great buzz about the parish in the build up. I hope that the weather is good and it’s a good game. Ladies football is huge now at underage level in the county and hopefully we will have a good senior final to showcase the game. Naturally I will be hoping that we come out on top,” he concluded.

  It has been a fantastic year for Kilbride so far. They won the senior league for the first time and now they are one step away from landing a dream double of league and championship at their first attempt.

  Kilbride will be looking to Siobhan Tully, Niamh Shanagher, Fiona Tully, Tara Taylor and Sinead Clabby for inspiration but this is a real team effort in Kilbride as their team manager Ollie Lennon explained to me.

  “This is a huge day for ladies football in Kilbride. In fact it’s the biggest day in the history of ladies football in Kilbride. We have a clean bill of health going in to the game and we are looking forward to it.

  “I came in at the start of the year and the girls here just wanted to be competitive in the championship and be up there with the likes of Brigid’s, Clann and Strokestown and we have done that and the girls have worked so hard. We have nine or ten players from the minor team and there is a great blend of younger and older players on the panel.

  “St. Brigid’s are a very good side and they have so much experience throughout their team but we have worked hard and we are looking forward to the big day. We know that we can compete with them,” he concluded.

  This has the makings of a cracking contest with Kilbride attempting to make history. But with so many experienced players on their team it is hard to look beyond St. Brigid’s. Prediction: St. Brigid’s