Ladies travel to Tyrone for league opener

Lidl Ladies Football League Division Two: Tyrone v Roscommon on Sunday at Healy Park, Omagh at 2 pm

It promises to be a big step up for Roscommon Ladies footballers as they travel to Omagh for their NFL Division Two opener against Tyrone this Sunday. 

  There will be plenty of new faces on show for the newly promoted side, according to manager Ollie Lennon, who spoke to the Roscommon People this week.

  “We have been training since November and we have played a number of challenge games so our preparation has been good, but it is a big step up for us to be in Division Two,” he said.

  “But this is where we want to be and it is super to be playing at the highest level we can. It can only be good for the players to be playing against higher quality opposition.   

  “We have only 14 of the 30 or 32 from last year’s panel for various reasons and as a result there are a lot of new faces this year. That’s the nature of ladies’ football; there is a high turnover of players. Some of the new girls are well established club players while others are talented young players who deserve their chance”.

  Tyrone will provide unfamiliar opposition when the sides meet this Sunday. 

  “They avoided relegation last year by winning a play-off but in Omagh they will be hard to beat,” Ollie said.

  “We are expecting a big challenge from them but we have prepared well and are looking forward to getting started in a higher division,” he concluded.

  With a high turnover of players, it will take a very good Roscommon performance to secure the points this weekend. And with a very tough game to follow against Armagh, it’s important that Lennon’s charges get off to a winning start. 

  Laura Fleming will once again captain the Roscommon team this year with Roisin Wynne as vice-captain and the experienced players on the panel will need to be at their best to lead a much-changed side to victory.