Ladies on course for last four spot

Lidl Ladies National Football League Division Three: Roscommon 3-10 Leitrim 3-6

 

Roscommon’s good run in the ladies national league continued at Ballinamore last Saturday when they had a deserved four point win against the home side. Michael Finneran’s team now look set for a semi-final place with games coming up against Wexford and Limerick.

 

  Roscommon grabbed three vital goals in the opening half and then withstood a Leitrim onslaught in the second half to emerge victorious.

  In the first minute, Joanne Cregg scored Roscommon’s first goal and when Natalie McHugh converted a penalty in the 12th minute Roscommon led by 2-2 to no score.

  Leitrim’s first score was a goal from Ailbhe Clancy in the 15th minute but Rachel’s Fitzmaurice’s goal in the 23rd minute restored Roscommon’s advantage and at half-time the visitors led by 3-3 to 1-3.

  The third quarter saw Roscommon outscore the home side by 0-4 to 0-2 but a Laura O’Dowd goal saw Leitrim come to within four points with 12 minutes left and then almost immediately O’Dowd scored a second goal to reduce the margin to one.

  But Roscommon steadied the ship and points from Laura Fleming (2) and Natalie McHugh were decisive. Roscommon play Limerick this coming weekend.

Roscommon: Karin Roddy; Amanda McLoone, Caroline Gunning, Honor Ennis; Aisling McAulliffe, Bronagh McHugh, Sinead Kenny; Joanne Cregg (1-3), Tara Taylor; Alice Kelly, Gillian Dufficy (0-1), Jenny Higgins (0-1); Rebecca Finan, Natalie McHugh (1-2), Rachel Fitzmaurice (1-0). Subs: Nicole Dolan for Ennis, Caoileann Beirne (0-1) for McAuliffe, Laura Fleming (0-2) for Taylor, Martina Freyne for Finan, Eilish Fannon for Beirne, Rachel Brady for Fitzmaurice.