Camógs bid to topple Tipp  

Underdogs set for semi showdown

Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Semi-Final: Roscommon v Tipperary at Ashbourne at 12 noon on Saturday

After an excellent win against Limerick in the quarter-final, Roscommon are just one step away from an All-Ireland final appearance in Croke Park, but while confidence will be high when they travel to Ashbourne on Saturday to face Tipperary, they will go into the match as underdogs.

Tipperary were in a three-team group, defeating Wicklow by 5-17 to 2-3 and Cavan by 3-14 to 1-9. Those results meant that they qualified directly for the last four while Roscommon had to navigate the Premier County’s neighbours, Limerick, in a quarter-final, having beaten Tyrone and Louth and suffering defeat to Clare.

The tough examination that Roscommon had against Limerick will no doubt stand to them on Saturday. It took a lot of character to come back late in the game when Limerick went ahead, and they will require that same spirit again this time out.

The Roscommon defence, marshalled by Michaela Fallon in goal, has been excellent this year, and it has been a feature of their play that they have been strong in the tackle without giving away too many frees. That level of discipline will have to be maintained at the weekend.

Rachel Fitzmaurice and Orla Connolly will have huge roles to play in the engine room at midfield once again while up front, Shauna Fallon will play a pivotal role from play and frees.

The experience of players like Niamh Fitzgerald, Niamh Watson and Claire Curley will also be a huge factor as Roscommon attempt to upset the odds.

A win here would be a sensational result for Roscommon Camogie given where the game in the county was just 12 months ago. It may be a bridge too far for the Rossies but they have certainly defied the odds before and will be hopeful they can do so again this Saturday.

Prediction: Tipperary