Ladies Day: Roscommon ladies storm into All-Ireland U-16 B Final

No Payne relief for Cavan

All-Ireland Ladies U-16 B Semi-Final

Roscommon 3-6 Cavan 1-3

Roscommon U-16 ladies are the toast of of the local GAA scene this week after they qualified to play Waterford in the All-Ireland Ladies U-16 Football B Final as a result of this excellent win against Cavan in Ballinamore last week.

Roscommon had to recover from an early setback with Cavan scoring a goal within a minute. It was a bad start for Roscommon but three well-taken goals from Heather Payne (two penalties) and Niamh Fleming before half-time turned the game in their favour – and Roscommon led by eight points at half-time, 3-3 to 1-1.

The Roscommon defence came to the fore in the second half and restricted Cavan to just two points. It was a tremendous performance and an inspirational win.

Now Roscommon face Waterford in the All-Ireland Final on Wednesday the 29th of July at a venue yet to be fixed.

Best for Roscommon, who are managed by Tommy Beirne, were Sinead Farrell, Rachel Gallagher, Shannon Dowd, Roisin Wynne, Niamh Fleming and Heather Payne.

Roscommon: R Cox; R Gallagher, S Dowd, A Curley; C O’Dowd, R Wynne, E McNally; M McHugh, H Payne (2-0); C Corcoran, S Farrell (0-3), L Brady; A Gavin (0-1), N Shanagher (0-1), N Fleming (1-1). Subs: E McDermott for O’Dowd, A McLoughlin for Corcoran, S Scally for Brady.

* An incredible performance from Armagh full-forward Aimee Mackin, who scored four goals and four points, undid the brave challenge of Roscommon at Mullahoran in last weekend’s All-Ireland Ladies Minor Football B semi-final.