Roscommon Ladies Gaelic

Roscommon Ladies Footballers defeated by Clare

Roscommon Ladies Gaelic

The Roscommon Ladies Footballers, under the stewardship of ex county star Michael Finneran, began their season with a very attractive friendly against Clare this afternoon at Clann na nGael’s Grounds in Johnstown.

By Ollie Colgan

The game was played in three 20 minute periods. The first period began with a terrific pace, Roscommon getting the first point through Beirne but Clare answered quickly and indeed raced into a six points to one lead before Roscommon battled back to leave the score at the end of the first period Clare 0-7 Roscommon 0-4.

The second period was almost the exact opposite with Clare getting the first point but this time it was the home team who went on a mini scoring spree with a goal and two points to edge ahead. But Clare fought to leave the sides level after the end of two periods Roscommon 1-8 Clare 0-11.

At this stage both sides made a number of changes and it was the superior fitness Clare, who had travelled with a big squad, that proved to be the difference. They began to turn the screw and forged ahead with three unanswered goals. To Roscommon’s eternal credit they never gave up and continued to tick away at the scoreboard but Clare had the last laugh with a fourth goal near which killed off the Roscommon challenge. Final score Clare 4-13, Roscommon 1-10.

The Roscommon Panel today was:
1. Karin Roddy
2. Honor Ennis
3. Bronagh McHugh
4. Christina Beirne
5. Aisling McAuliffe
6. Amanda McLoone
7. Sinéad Kenny
8. Natalie McHugh
9. Laura Fleming
10. Rachel Brady
11. Gillian Dufficy
12. Jenny Higgins
13. Nicole Dolan
14. Caoilionn Beirne
15. Rebecca Finan
16. Courtney Mulhall
17. Joanne Cregg
18. Caroline Gunning
19. Aoife Beades
20. Jenny Downey
21. Ellen Hegarty
22. Sheila Brady

The final score line was a little harsh on the Roscommon Ladies but considering this was their first outing of the year they will be quite pleased with the workout. They continue their pre-season warm ups with another challenge next Sunday afternoon against Longford in Rathcline, Lanesborough.

After that they begin their quest for National League honours on January 29th with an away fixture against Offaly then they face Tipperary at home on February the 5th. Then it’s away to Meath on the 19th February, home to Down on the 25th February, next up is two away fixtures to Leitrim on the 18th March and Limerick on the 26th March, before finally wrapping up the group by facing Wexford at home on the 2nd April. More details will follow closer to each game.

In other news…

Clubs are reminded that the annual Roscommon Ladies Football Church Gate collection takes place next weekend of 21st and 22nd January 2017. Posters can be collected from members county executive.


The Roscommon Ladies County Board Courses and Seminars have also began, with the first one (Level 2 Referring ) having taken place last Monday evening.
Dates for the remainder ones are listed below, please note that places are limited on these so early booking is advisable.
January 22nd – Fundamentals course in Ballymoe, Roscommon for all coaches.
February 6th – Club mentor workshop also in Ballymoe, Roscommon for all coaches and club officials,
February 11th and 12th – Grab your whistle level 1. In Hannon’s Hotel Roscommon.
All these details have also been circulated to the clubs


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