Ladies aiming for back-to-back titles




TG4 Connacht IFC Final: Roscommon v Sligo on Sunday in MacHale Park at 2 pm


Roscommon Ladies footballers will be very anxious to put two Connacht titles back-to-back when they face old rivals Sligo in Castlebar on Sunday. Since beating them by twelve points in last year’s provincial decider, Sligo have defeated the Rossies twice in this year’s league campaign so it’s all up for grabs on Sunday.

  Roscommon team boss Michael Finneran told People Sport on Tuesday that his side are ready for the big day.

  “We are close to a full pick, thankfully. Natalie McHugh is back to full fitness and Niamh Feeney is back from suspension and Roisin Wynne is close to being fit as well and she will be togging out. We have trained hard and are looking forward to it.

  “I am expecting that Sligo will be a good bit stronger than last year. They have a lot of players back so I am expecting a really tough game. But it would be very important to win this title again. We don’t want anyone to say that last year’s win was a fluke. It would be so important for the players to put in two good championship displays back-to-back and then we can progress after that,” he said.

  Finneran said that the men’s senior team’s win over Galway in the Connacht Final last Sunday has given the entire county a boost.

  “The win for the men’s senior team last Sunday in Galway has given everyone in the county a boost. Hopefully we can add to the feel good factor this Sunday. It would be a serious achievement to retain the title and that’s the plan,” he concluded.

  The return of Natalie McHugh will strengthen the Roscommon attack and they will hoping that Rebecca Finan, Siobhan Tully and Laura Fleming can get the scores that they will need.

  There won’t be twelve points in it this year but Roscommon can drive on to win two in a row and prepare for a tilt at All-Ireland honours later in the summer.


Prediction: Roscommon