McNeill’s Foodstore & Catering Roscommon LGFA Intermediate Championship Final
Kilglass Gaels 3-13
St. Ciaran’s 1-16
An entertaining and enjoyable intermediate decider saw Kilglass Gaels finally take this title last Saturday after they had lost out in the previous two finals. It was an end to end game with plenty of eye-catching scores and quality performances from both teams.
Rachel Fitzmaurice opened the scoring with a fine point for St. Ciaran’s in the second minute of the game. Natalie McHugh, who would end up with five points, opened Kilglass’ account with an excellent solo score. The first goal of the game came on the 13th minute mark. Mikaela McHugh found herself in space close to goal. She hit a shot that took a deflection off one of the St. Ciaran’s defender’s hands en route to the goal.
A defiant St. Ciaran’s responded in some style, hitting six unanswered points from Jade McCormack, Rebecca Brennan and four from Laura Fleming, putting them back in the driving seat.
Kilglass then had a purple patch of their own. Points from Natalie McHugh and Aisling McGuire followed before a mis-hit shot from Nicola Tully deceived Paula Daly and managed to creep under the crossbar to leave Kilglass ahead once more. Ciaran’s responded with a Laura Fleming free, however it was Kilglass who would finish the first-half scoring with two frees from Nicola Tully leaving them two up at the break.
St. Ciaran’s were soon level once more with two well-taken points from Laura Fleming and Sheena Kilroe. Kilglass came back with two points of their own but then St. Ciaran’s got the stroke of luck that Kilglass had in the first half. A free from Laura Fleming that seemed like it would be a routine point for her in fact ended up in the back of the net, having dropped below the crossbar to give Ciaran’s the goal they needed. The sides exchanged scores soon after through Sheena Kilroe for Ciaran’s and Natalie McHugh for Kilglass. It was Kilglass who at this stage were the stronger of the two teams and a quick-fire goal and a point from midfielder Louise Tully put them two points up heading into the home straight.
To their credit, Ciaran’s never gave up and two points from Laura Fleming and Sheena Kilroe left the game on a knife-edge going into the closing stages. However, having been this close to glory before, Kilglass used their experience of previous finals and weren’t going to be denied this time. Two points from Natalie McHugh and a free from Nicola Tully sealed the win for Kilglass in what was a great advertisement for Roscommon Ladies Football.
Kilglass Gaels: Majella Cox; Deirdre Kilgannon, Aisling Lennon, Claire McCormack; Sharon Duffy, Emma Compton (0-1), Ciara Summers; Louise Tully (1-1), Rebecca Coyle; Siobhan Nugent, Natalie McHugh (0-5), Mikaela McHugh (1-1); Clodagh Owens, Nicola Tully (1-4, 4 frees), Aisling McGuire (0-1).
Subs used: Kate Lawe for Kilgannon (HT), Ciara Compton for McGuire.
St. Ciaran’s: Paula Daly; Caitlin Connolly, Meabh Tiernan, Aoife Beades; Tara Naughton, Shauna Fitzmaurice, Rachel Murray; Honor Ennis, Eala Coyle; Rachel Fitzmaurice (0-1), Rebecca Brennan (0-1), Sheena Kilroe (0-3); Jade McCormack (0-1), Laura Fleming (1-9, 1-5 frees), Chloe Whyte Lennon.
Subs used: Niamh Farrell (0-1) for Kilroe (17), Sheena Kilroe for McCormack (HT), Ciara Carr for Coyle (56).
Referee: Lloyd Kelly.
Wides: Kilglass Gaels 9; St Ciaran’s 4
Player of the Match: Laura Fleming (St Ciaran’s)