Camogie team battle to draw with Kingdom

National Camogie League Division 3 Roscommon 0-5 Kerry 1-2Roscommon junior camogie team made the long trip down south to Tralee on Saturday and came home with a hard-earned share of the spoils. Roscommon, with the aid of a swift breeze, found scores hard to come by and were put under immense pressure from the throw-in.

  Against the run of play, Kerry hit a purple patch and dealt the visitors a sucker blow with a somewhat dubious goal, which was given after the referee consulted with his umpires.

  It was an uphill climb for Roscommon who battled hard to bring it back to the narrowest of margins. The score would suggest a highly defensive game. The home side dropped back an extra defender which Roscommon found hard to cope with. Roscommon did manage to register scores from the stick of Niamh Coyle and Annette McGeeney from a free and play respectively. Kerry went in two points up at the break.

  Kerry’s dominance continued in the second half and they were quick out of the blocks, registering a pointed free in the third minute. This was the wake-up call Roscommon needed. In the 10th minute, Niamh Coyle registered an excellent point from play. Roscommon battled hard, keeping Kerry scoreless for the remaining 20 minutes, and registering a further two points against a very stiff breeze. Kerry’s defence was too strong for Roscommon to break down and get that upperhand.

  Roscommon face steeper challenges ahead, with a trip up north to Armagh next Sunday (they comprehensively defeated Cavan on Saturday). The management and panel will know that vast improvements will need to be made if Roscommon are to make progress.

Roscommon: Caroline Connaughton; Aisling Fallon, Siobhan Coyle (captain), Caitriona Morris; Susan Spillane, Elaine Daly, Joanne Beattie; Patricia Lennon, Caroline Dowling; Niamh Coyle, Annette McGeeney, Niamh Watson; Fiona Connell, Aisling Rogerson, Claire Curley. Subs: Michala Fallon, Rebecca Brennan (Fiona Connell), Linda Carty (Clare Curley), Clare Curley (Aisling Rogerson).