U-14 Ladies into All-Ireland Final

All-Ireland Girls U-14 B Semi-Final Roscommon 7-4 Tipperary 2-5 The Roscommon girls booked their place in the All-Ireland B final with an impressive display against Tipperary on Sunday afternoon last in Pairc an Piarsaigh. They now face Wicklow in the final but on this form will not fear that prospect whatsoever.   It was a great team performance throughout and although the scoreline suggests that it was the forwards who were most productive on the day one would certainly have to acknowledge the immense work which their defence did and the influence their midfield pairing had on the outcome of the game.   Time and time again the defence turned over possession and put Roscommon back on the front foot and with Natalie McHugh and Katie McLoughlin working tirelessly for their team’s cause in midfield they were always going to be difficult to beat.   The final piece of the puzzle was completed with a clinical display from their forward-line who were relentless in front of goal with Aine Kelly most impressive and helping herself to three goals in the contest.   Roscommon were certainly the better team throughout but the final scoreline is harsh justice on this Tipperary team who were not totally outplayed or outclassed by any means by their counterparts.   They made a sluggish start and found themselves trailing by 2-1 to 0-0 with ten minutes on the clock with Laura Brudell and Natalie McHugh accounting for Roscommon’s goals. McHugh added a further goal approaching half-time to confirm Roscommon’s superiority in the contest.   Aine Kelly pounced for her first goal on the resumption but in the wake of this Tipperary rallied and added a goal of their own from wing-forward Aisling Higgins. The remainder of the second period was evenly contested until the final moments when Roscommon turned on the style with three goals to seal their win – two of them falling to Kelly who finished the game with a hat-trick.   It was certainly an entertaining affair and a great promotion of underage ladies football and after this latest win who’s to say they will not secure All-Ireland glory in the coming weeks. They certainly have the players, the right attitude and the set-up to do so.   ROSCOMMON: M. Wallace; D, Beirne, N. Toolan, J. McGowan; G. Dufficy, M. Holmes, S. Rodgers; N. McHugh(2-2, one free), K. McLoughlin; D. Regan, R. Coyle, C. Gunning; A. Kely(3-0), S. Greevy(0-1) L. Brudell(2-1). Subs used: S. Naughton for Rodgers(48mins), R. McDonagh for Regan(55mins), C. Mullooly for Holmes(66mins), C. McDonnell for Gunning(66mins). TIPPERARY: A. Hannigan; S. O’Brien, R. Cummins, K. Maher; C. Ryan, S. Maher, N. Foley; J. Stokes, E. Myles(0-4, 3 frees); A. Higgiins(1-0), S. Condon(0-1), L. Hearne(1-0); N. Myles, A. O’Reilly, A. O’Connor(0-1) Subs used: C. Higgins for Hearne(46mins), C. Harris for Ryan(49mins), L. Kirby for O’Reilly(57mins). REFEREE: M. Farrelly(Cavan)