Rossies outclass Garden County in opener




Littlewoods National Camogie League Division 3 (Round 1)

Roscommon 5-15

Wicklow 0-6



Roscommon’s National Camogie League campaign started with a resounding win against a limited Wicklow outfit at breezy Dr. Hyde Park last Sunday. Under the temporary management of Micheal Mulry, the home side were never in trouble and they racked up a fine score especially in the second half when ‘super sub’ Fiona Connell helped herself to three goals and two points.

  Also very prominent for Roscommon were Shauna Fallon, Niamh Watson, Susan Spillane and Rachel Fitzmaurice. Wicklow were well beaten in almost every position but for them Laura Manley stood out. All the Garden County scores came from her and she looked a class act but was totally on her own in a team that was outclassed on the day.

  Roscommon set about their task well, and with Spillane dominating at centre half-forward, and Fallon deadly accurate from frees, the scores soon built up. The first Roscommon goal arrived in the 10th minute when Niamh Watson’s long-range punt was fumbled over the line by the Wicklow goalkeeper Sara Davis. Four further points from Fallon from placed balls saw Roscommon’s half-time lead 1-7 to 0-2 with Manley accounting for Wicklow’s only first half scores.

  Roscommon brought on Fiona Connell at half-time and the Athleague woman brought fresh impetus to the home attack. In the 36th minute Connell pulled first time to the Wicklow net and when Fallon (free) and Connell pointed it was 2-10 to 0-3.

  Roscommon’s third goal arrived in the 46th minute when Niamh Watson’s run ended with the St. Domnic’s girl blasting to the net. Laura Manley single handedly led the Wicklow resistance, but it was all Roscommon. Connell flicked home another goal in the 58th minute and after she pointed in injury-time she palmed home another goal in the 4th minute of injury-time to complete her hat-trick.

  It was a very comprehensive and facile victory for the home side but much tougher tests lie ahead, but for the moment it’s a very good start for this young Roscommon team.

Roscommon: Michaela Fallon; Aisling McDermott, Niamh Farrell, Rachel Dolan; Maeve Tiernan, Eimear McNally, Joanne Beattie; Shauna Fallon (0-7, 6 frees), Rachel Fitzmaurice; Niamh Watson (2-2), Susan Spillane (0-2), Alisha Lenehan (0-1); Lorainne Kenny, Coleen Kelly, Aisling Dempsey (0-1). Subs: Fiona Connell (3-2) for Kenny (h/t), Aine O’Meara for Dolan (44), Lisa Dolan for McDermott (50), Kathy Jones for Kelly (50).

Wicklow: Sara Davis; Katie Ann O’Neill, Katie Daynes, Amy Barrett; Emma Doyle, Shannagh Goetelen, Ciara Kelly; Niam Shannon, Sheenagh Byrne; Aisling Shannon, Laura Manley (0-6, 4 frees), Erynn O’Brien; Lilly May Cullen-Dunne, Kelly O’Neill, Aimee Maher.

Referee: Aaron Hogg (Clare)