Ladies face Wexford in championship

Roscommon ladies football captain Niamh Feeney pictured at the launch of the 2024 TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Championships in Dublin on Tuesday. Roscommon face Wexford in the opening game of the Intermediate Championship this Sunday. Pic: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The long road to Croke Park begins in the south-east in Wexford (McCauley Park, Bellefield) for the Roscommon ladies intermediate football team on Sunday next at 2 pm.

Facing Wexford is a tough opener for Ollie Lennon’s side, but with a home game against Antrim coming up the following weekend, there is an expectation that Roscommon will make it to the intermediate quarter-finals. Roscommon have beaten both Wexford and Antrim already this year in the league, so they will be confident that they can do well in this group.

That said, Roscommon are missing a number of players for this match. Lauren Shanagher, Aisling Feely, Caoimhe Lennon, Millie Hagan and Erin Hagan are all injured. However, the good news is that Lisa O’Rourke is expected to be available for the game.

With two teams qualifying from a three-team group, it is reasonable to expect that Roscommon will be preparing for the knockout stages of this year’s championship. They should start with a win on Sunday.