Ladies land semi-final spot

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Junior Camogie Championship

Roscommon 2-11 Westmeath 2-9

A strong first half display from the home side was enough to see off the determined challenge of Westmeath at Rockfield last Sunday.

The result means that Roscommon are now in the semi-finals and they will face Dublin in a few weeks time.

The strong wind ruined the game as a spectacle, and with the elements at their backs Roscommon took full advantage in the opening half and by half-time they led by 2-9 to 0-4.

Roscommon went 0-6 to 0-1 ahead after 12 minutes and were looking good. Then in the 15th minute Niamh Coyle blasted home a fine Roscommon goal and just before the half-time whistle Annette McGeeney struck home Roscommon’s second goal and at half-time the home side led by 11 points.

But Westmeath laid siege to the Roscommon goal and especially in the last 20 minutes. Denise McGrath scored an early goal and Westmeath were back in the hunt. Roscommon defended well and the home side scored two frees from Niamh Farrell in the 53rd and 56th minutes and they were to prove crucial scores.

In injury time Westmeath’s best player Caoimhe McCrossan scored her sides’ second goal but Roscommon survived to edge home by two points.

Best for Roscommon on the day were Annette McGeeney, Caroline Connaughton, Susan Spillane, Niamh Coyle and Niamh Farrell.

Roscommon: C Connaughton; C Killeen, E Daly, A Byrne; C Gunning (0-1), S Coyle, C Morris; S Spillane, R Fitzmaurice; A McGeeney (1-2), N Farrell (0-7), R Brennan; F Connell, N Coyle (1-1), C Curley. Subs: M Fannon for Curley, J Beattie for Gunning.