Ladies into national league semi-finals

Suzuki Ladies National Football League Roscommon                           2-8 Louth                                      1-1 Roscommon ladies footballers are through to the national league semi-finals following a ten-point win over Louth at Pairc an Piarsaigh last Sunday. Roscommon were on top throughout the game and in fact kicked a total of sixteen wides over the course of a game that they dominated.   Roscommon played against the elements in the first half and at half-time they led by 1-2 to 0-1. Roscommon’s goal came in the second minute when, after good work from Maria Condon and Emer Casey, Rachel Ryan was on hand to apply the finish.   Claire Grehan and Emer Casey (free) provided Roscommon’s other first-half scores. Roscommon kicked eight first-half wides as well.   Louth’s corner-back Ciara Raftery was shown a yellow card early in the second half and with an extra player Roscommon took full advantage. Michelle Carey, Emer Casey and Maria Candon tacked on points. But Louth struck for a well-taken goal after 1 minute when Michelle Brennan was on hand to finish to the Roscommon net to leave the score Roscommon 1-5 Louth 1-1. However the Louth revival was promptly ended when Emer Casey shot to the wee county net with 13 minutes remaining on the clock.   Michelle Carey and Emer Casey finished off the Roscommon scoring with two good points towards the end to give Roscommon a comfortable win. However despite Roscommon’s good play, they will have to sharpen up in front of the posts if they want to make more significant progress in league and championship later in the year. However the team is unbeaten so far this year and are now in the league semi-finals. Roscommon: S Finnerty; F Beirne, A McGeeney, M Walsh; C Kelly, L Sharkey, L Tully; M Candon (0-1), S Cooney; M Carey (0-2), C Conway, J Conlon; R Ryan (1-0), C Grehan (0-1,) E Casey (1-4). Subs: AM Carley for Conlon, D Kelly for Ryan, J McNulty for Walsh, M Freyne for Grehan, I McNulty for Kelly, S Sharkey for Candon, S Keenaghan for Tully.