All-Ireland Ladies Football U-16 ‘A’ semi-final: Roscommon v Dublin at Coralstown-Kinnegad GAA Club on Wednesday, 29th of June at 7.30 pm
Having made history as the first Roscommon ladies team to win an ‘A’ Connacht Championship, Declan Walsh’s U-16 team will face the might
of the Dubs in the All-Ireland semi-final next Wednesday evening.
Roscommon manager Declan Walsh says that the long gap since the Connacht final win against Sligo (May 14th) has not been a help in the preparations for the big game.
“It has been a very long break to be honest and it is hard to keep the team motivated. I just hope we haven’t lost the momentum that we had built up during the Connacht campaign but we have been training away and the mood in the camp is good” he said.
Roscommon had a memorable Connacht campaign during which they defeated Galway, Mayo and Sligo to lift the trophy. That impressive run of form means the team are in confident mood going into the game.
“They are a great bunch of girls and they certainly won’t be afraid going into this game. But it’s Dublin we are playing and they are always competitive when they get to this stage of any competition” Declan says.
The team manager says that if Roscommon play to their capabilities they will be there or thereabouts when it comes to the final whistle.
“Mayo were one of the favourites to win the All-Ireland before this competition began and we beat them by six points and we beat Galway and Sligo too. If we show up and play the way we can play we will give it a real go, so hopefully that’s the way it will go.
“We have some really fine players and we have a great representation from clubs all around the county. That should add to the support we get on the night” he concluded.