Roscommon ladies bid for semi-final spot

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies IFC quarter-final: Roscommon v Louth at Kinnegad on Sunday at 2 pm

Roscommon ladies footballers have a great chance of making it to the last four of this year’s All-Ireland Championship when they meet Louth in Kinnegad on Sunday. The sides have met a number of times over the years and Roscommon have a good record against the Wee County.

When the sides met in the league this year Roscommon won by a point (2-5 to 2-4) on their way to the Division Three title. Louth did not make the league play-offs but have been very impressive in this championship, beating both Clare and Down on the way to topping their group.

  Roscommon scored a crucial win against Kildare to qualify for the quarter-finals but they went down to Longford in their second match by three points.

There won’t be many surprises with team selection for the quarter-final. Helena Cummins will lead from her position in goal while Rachel Fitzmaurice, Roisin Wynne and Sinead Kenny and colleagues will be hoping to keep the Louth attackers at bay.

Niamh Feeney will be attacking from her position in the half-back line while Lisa O’Rourke and Laura Fleming or Jenny Shine are the likely midfield partnership. Up front, Aisling Hanley will once again play a crucial role for Roscommon and Natalie McHugh, Fiona Tully and Caroline Conway will be hoping to chip in with those crucial scores.

In this championship every team is capable of beating each other, but Roscommon will be the justified favourites. Just one note of caution: Roscommon have been very impressive going forward this year but they are conceding a lot of scores at the back and will have to guard against that on Sunday. If they can tighten up in defence, Roscommon should be good enough to get to the last four.

Prediction: Roscommon.