Ladies ready for final showdown

Lidl Ladies National Football League Division Three final:
Roscommon v Wexford in Birr on Sunday at 4pm

Roscommon captain Laura Fleming and Wexford captain Róisín Murphy pictured at St Brendans Park, Birr, Co. Offaly ahead of next Sundays Lidl National Leagues Divisions 3 Finals at the venue.

Roscommon Ladies footballers play their biggest game in many years on Sunday when a divisional title is up for grabs, but far more importantly, promotion to Division Two awaits the winners and that would mean a big step forward for ladies football in the county were it to come about.

  Roscommon manager Ollie Lennon told People Sport this week that it’s a huge opportunity for the players to not only win some silverware but to progress to a higher level, which is vital for the development of the team into the future not only in the league but at championship level too.

  “This is a huge game for the players and they are really looking forward to it. Very few of them have ever played in a league final and this is where we wanted to be at the start of the season. The players are determined to produce a good performance and if we do that we won’t be far away,” he said.

  Lennon will have a strong panel to call on for Sunday: “Everyone is fit and well. Honor Ennis is out long-term but everyone else will be available and to have Lisa O’Rourke back (from her boxing exploits) and to have Jenny Higgins available (delaying her honeymoon) is great for the team and the group,” Ollie added.

  The Roscommon manager says that Wexford will be difficult opposition this Sunday.

  “We don’t know too much about them to be honest. Wexford are not a team that we would be playing that often, however we saw their game against Down on video and they won that game well so they are a good side.

  “But it’s great to be in the final now and it gives the players a chance to play in a big game and test themselves against a good team. If we can play to our capability we will be in with a great chance,” he concluded.

  Young players like Aisling Hanly, Rachel Fitzmaurice, Roisin Wynne, Lisa O’Rourke and Megan Kelly will be vital to the cause but the experienced players like Jenny Higgins, Sinead Kenny, Laura Fleming, Caroline Conway, Niamh Feeney and Helena Cummins will have to lead the side on Sunday.

  Wexford are certain to be an accomplished and skilful side but the great coaching work being done by Ollie Lennon and his backroom team can pay off on Sunday for this improving Roscommon team and the ladies can follow the men by securing promotion by a few points.

Prediction: Roscommon.