Titles for Four Roads and Oran as county team prepare for Connacht junior final

Roscommon Junior Camogie team play host to Galway on Sunday 15th June in the Connacht Junior Camogie Final. The game is scheduled for 4 pm at Athleague. Roscommon head into this game as 2007 Connacht Champions and are hoping to put back-to-back titles together. The Junior team reached the National League Division 4 Final back in May but were defeated by a strong and more powerful Meath outfit. Following a two-week break, the team is back training with steady numbers following the completion of college exams.    The management team are currently putting the team through tough sessions in preparation for the Nancy Murray Cup Championship campaign. Roscommon will look to a number of players in key central positions to propel them to a Connacht Final victory; however they will know that Galway will be no pushover and have a number of talented camogie players in their squad having played with a number of girls in the recent Junior Gael Linn tournament.   The Co. U14 Development Squad took part in a fun-filled, participation-based tournament held in Co. Monaghan on Saturday last. 2 teams were entered and all of the girls participated in the games. Matches were played against Monaghan, Cavan and Louth. The girls are busily training for their blitz in Croke Park in July.   The delayed Spring League Senior and Junior Finals took place at a sun-drenched Athleague GAA grounds on Saturday evening last. Junior Final: Oran 4.14 Na Brideoga 2.5 Senior Final: Four Roads 3.4 Athleague 0.10 Oran took on Na Brideoga of Mayo in the Junior Shield Final with the local team Oran capturing the title in fine style, winning eventually by a comprehensive score line of 4.14 to 2.5. The two sides were eventually matched in the 1st half with both sides showing some nice touches and some neat scores taken. However in the end it was Oran’s sheer strength and scoring ability that totally outclassed their opponents. Player of the match was awarded to Oran’s Clare Curley for her cunning scoring prowess in front of the goals with some excellent goals and points taken. Treasurer of the Co. Board Denise McDonnell presented the Junior Shield to Oran captain Audrey Morris.  In the Senior League Final, old rivals Athleague and Four Roads took centrestage. Both sides are very familiar with one another, having met in the last number of Co. Finals and going by previous encounters, spectators were in for a good game. It was the home side Athleague that started off on the right foot and had two points on the board from Rachael Fallon and Annette McGeeney before Four Roads raised a coloured flag. From then on it was eventually matched with both sets of defenders under pressure as scores were sought. Numerous goal chances were squandered by the home side and it would be these chances that Athleague would later rue. Athleague went in at the break 1 point down. The second half started with a spirited Athleague fightback. However try as they might, the Athleague attack could not break down a secure Four Roads defence unit. Four Roads potted two lucky goals that set them up for a victory on a scoreline of Athleague 0.10, Four Roads 3.4.   Player of the match award was awarded to Four Roads’ Donna Kelly and the Senior Shield was presented to Four Roads captain Marie Glennon Kelly.