Ladies face uphill task after Kildare defeat

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Championship

Kildare 1-11 Roscommon 1-7

Roscommon face an uphill task when it comes to advancing in the Intermediate championship after their disappointing four-point loss to Kildare at Duggan Park in Ballinasloe last Sunday.

The result means that Roscommon will have to beat Laois in the final game to have a chance. But the nature of what they will have to do in that game, and how much they will need to win by, won’t be known until after Kildare and Laois play on Sunday.

Roscommon did play well at times during this game, but they were never able to come to terms with Kildare’s defensive game plan, which proved effective on the day as the Lilywhites were able to counter-attack with purpose and get the scores they needed.

The game was well contested for most of the first half. A splendid Laura Fleming goal after eight minutes suggested that Diane O’Hora’s team would be too good on the day. But Kildare was back in the game close to half-time when Nessa Dooley converted a penalty, and by the time half-time rolled around, there was only a point between the teams (Kildare 1-8, Roscommon 1-7).

However, Roscommon were disappointing in the second period and never got going, scoring only one further point. Nessa Dooley and Lara Curran nudged Kildare further ahead and they held out to win after a largely forgettable game.

Best for Roscommon on the day were Rebecca Finan, Roisin Wynne, and Laura Fleming, but it was another very disappointing day out for the Rossie girls. They have one more chance now to rescue their season.

Kildare: D McGinn; S Kendrick, L Lenehan, C Sullivan; L Murtagh, L Gilbert, H McLoughlin; S O’Sullivan, G Kenneally; G Clifford, L Curran (0-5), C Wheeler; G Wheeler, N Dooley (1-6), A Rattigan. Subs: E Burke for McLoughlin, W McKenna for G Wheeler, M Aspell for Lenehan.

Roscommon: H Cummins; R Brady, S Kenny, M Kelly; J Cregg (0-1), S McVeigh, R Wynne; E Irwin, C Conway; L Fleming (1-0), M McHugh, N McHugh; R Finan (0-5), J Higgins, A Gavin (0-1), Subs: A Hanly for Higgins, C Beirne for N McHugh, S Glennon for Gavin, K Nolan for M McHugh, A Kelly for McVeigh.


Referee: S Curley (Galway)