Five-star ladies into last eight

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies IFC

Roscommon 5-11 Antrim 0-4


A five-star performance by Roscommon ladies – featuring five goals – has propelled them into the quarter-finals of the All-Ireland Intermediate Football Championship after a comprehensive and clinical win over Antrim at Pairc an Piarsiagh on Sunday last.

Ollie Lennon’s team dominated from start to finish, although it took them a while to make that dominance count on the scoreboard. Most of Roscommon’s first-half scoring was done in the final 10 minutes before the break with the opening goal of the game coming from the boot of Lauren Shanagher. Roscommon led by 1-7 to 0-1 at half-time.

Goal number two arrived in the 46th minute from Aisling Hanly and Niamh Feeney followed that up with an excellent goal in the 51st minute. Further goals followed from sub Aoife Gavin and Aisling Hanly (penalty).

It was very much a case of ‘job done’ but the manager and the players will know that there are much tougher tests ahead.

Niamh Feeney, Shauna Fleming, Aisling Hanly, Aimee O’Connor and Caoimhe Cregg were most prominent for Roscommon on the day.

Roscommon: Helena Cummins; Aoife McGrath, Ellen Irwin, Shauna Fleming; Judy McDermott, Rachel Fitzmaurice, Caoimhe Cregg (0-1); Kate Nolan, Lisa O’Rourke; Ella Thompson, Lauren Shanagher (1-0), Laura Fleming (0-3, 1 free); Aisling Hanly (2-2, 1-0 pen), Aimee O’Connor (0-4), Niamh Feeney (1-0). Subs: Saoirse Wynne for Cregg (37), Aisling MacAuliffe for McDermott (37 mins), Aoife Gavin (1-1) for L Shanagher (50), Niamh Fleming for Fitzmaurice (54), Megan McKeon for Thompson (54).