Five-star Hopkins brings down Kingdom


Roscommon began their 2016 All-Ireland campaign in fine style in Tralee last Sunday with a five-point win against the home side.

  Roscommon were on top in the opening half and with Kelley Hopkins (2), Niamh Watson, Annette McGeeney and Niamh Coyle on target Roscommon raced into a 0-7 to 0-2 lead.  

  Then Shauna Fallon scored the only goal of the game five minutes before the break and at half-time Roscommon led by 1-8 to 0-4.

  Kerry were better with the aid of the breeze in the second half and they reduced the gap to two after 40 minutes but two Annette McGeeney points restored Roscommon’s lead.

  The sides shared four points late on with Kelley Hopkins on target with two frees and Roscommon held on to make an excellent start to the campaign with Westmeath to come at home in the next round.

Roscommon: C Connaughton; A Fallon, P Lennon, A Byrne; S Spillane, E Daly, J Beattie; K Hopkins (0-5), N Coyle (0-1); N Watson (0-1), A McGeeney (0-4), S Fallon (1-0); S O’Brien, R Brennan, N Brennan. Sub: D Regan for Watson.