TG4 Ladies Football Connacht IFC Roscommon v Sligo on Saturday in Tubbercurry at 7.30 pm
It’s the last chance saloon for Roscommon Ladies footballers this Saturday night when they must beat Sligo by a five-point margin if they want to contest this year’s Connacht final. The reason that a five-point margin is required is down to the scoring difference that will come into play if Roscommon can win.
Roscommon players and management were devastated at their loss to Leitrim in the first round a few weeks ago when they led by one point going into injury-time and they ended up losing by six. Roscommon captain Natalie McHugh said that the Roscommon players were very disappointed following the Leitrim defeat but they are determined to put things right and reach the Connacht final.
“We were very, very disappointed with the loss to Leitrim. It was very demoralising at the time. We should have put Leitrim away in the first half when we were on top and we paid dearly for that. But we have regrouped since and we have trained hard and we are determined to get to the Connacht final.
“This is knock-out now with no second chances and to have to win by five will be a tough ask, but we are up for the challenge. The last time that we played Sligo was last year in Ballinlough and we are determined to beat them again. Sligo are a very physically strong team and there is never much between us when we meet. But we will be well prepared and we have no injuries and are ready for the challenge,” she concluded.
To have to beat Sligo is a task in itself but to have to do so by five points is a tall order especially away from home. It is a task that’s not beyond Michael Finneran’s charges but they will have to produce the performance of the year to do so.