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Ladies Day: Roscommon ladies storm into All-Ireland U-16 B Final

No Payne relief for Cavan

All-Ireland Ladies U-16 B Semi-Final

Roscommon 3-6 Cavan 1-3

Roscommon U-16 ladies are the toast of of the local GAA scene this week after they qualified to play Waterford in the All-Ireland Ladies U-16 Football B Final as a result of this excellent win against Cavan in Ballinamore last week.

Roscommon had to recover from an early setback with Cavan scoring a goal within a minute. It was a bad start for Roscommon but three well-taken goals from Heather Payne (two penalties) and Niamh Fleming before half-time turned the game in their favour – and Roscommon led by eight points at half-time, 3-3 to 1-1.

The Roscommon defence came to the fore in the second half and restricted Cavan to just two points. It was a tremendous performance and an inspirational win.

Now Roscommon face Waterford in the All-Ireland Final on Wednesday the 29th of July at a venue yet to be fixed.

Best for Roscommon, who are managed by Tommy Beirne, were Sinead Farrell, Rachel Gallagher, Shannon Dowd, Roisin Wynne, Niamh Fleming and Heather Payne.

Roscommon: R Cox; R Gallagher, S Dowd, A Curley; C O’Dowd, R Wynne, E McNally; M McHugh, H Payne (2-0); C Corcoran, S Farrell (0-3), L Brady; A Gavin (0-1), N Shanagher (0-1), N Fleming (1-1). Subs: E McDermott for O’Dowd, A McLoughlin for Corcoran, S Scally for Brady.

* An incredible performance from Armagh full-forward Aimee Mackin, who scored four goals and four points, undid the brave challenge of Roscommon at Mullahoran in last weekend’s All-Ireland Ladies Minor Football B semi-final.

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Downey inspires win over Tipperary

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Qualifier

Roscommon 1-15 Tipperary 2-11 (after extra-time)

A battling Roscommon edged out Tipperary after a titanic struggle that went to extra-time at Kinnity, County Offaly last Saturday evening.

This win means that Kieran Kilkenny’s side will now face Sligo in the next round of the qualifiers.

There was never much in the game throughout. Roscommon led by three points at half-time but a Tipperary goal early in the second half brought them back into the contest and it was nip and tuck after that.

Roscommon looked like they were heading out of the championship when they trailed by two points going into injury-time, but two Jenny Downey frees rescued them and in extra-time Roscommon were slightly the better team and they deserved their win.

In a game played in perfect weather conditions it was Roscommon who started best and, aided by a goal, fisted home by Siobhan Tully in the 18th minute, the Rossies led by 1-4 to 0-2 by the 19th minute.

Jenny Downey was in superb form from play and frees throughout, but Tipperary came back into the game in the second quarter.

Sarah Everard and Aisling McCarthy were very prominent and a well-taken goal from Everard on the rebound after a great save from Rachel Timothy brought them back into the match.

However a couple of points from Jenny Downey and another fine effort from Jenny Higgins saw Roscommon go in at half-time leading by 1-7 to 1-4.

In the 34th minute Tipperary were back to within a point when they were awarded a penalty which Aisling McCarthy converted. Aisling McCarthy was becoming an increasing influence on the game and when she kicked two points in a row by the 50th minute it brought the sides level.

Then two further Tipp points saw them ahead by two with only seven minutes left on the clock. But late points from Jenny Downey frees in the 59th minute and in the second minute of injury-time saw the sides level at Roscommon 1-11 Tipperary 2-8.

In the first period of extra-time Tipperary took an early lead with points from impressive sub Aoibhe O’Shea and Sheelagh Carew – which saw them open up a two-point lead – but just before the break in extra-time Jenny Downey reduced the margin to one.

Roscommon were the better side in the second period and they finished the stronger. Points from Jenny Downey, Laura Fleming and sub Amanda McLoone saw Roscommon assume control and although Aoibhe O’Shea did reduce the margin to one in the final minute, Roscommon had done enough to win and thus progress into the next round.

Roscommon: Rachel Timothy; Feena Beirne, Niamh O’Beirne, Honor Ennis; Sorcha Bruen, Sinead Kenny, Caroline Gunning; Jenny Higgins (0-1), Aisling McAulliffe; Siobhan Tully (1-0), Rachel Ryan (0-1), Laura Fleming (0-1); Jenny Downey (0-10, 8 frees), Martin Freyne (0-1), Nicola Tully. Subs used: Amanda McLoone (0-1), Sheila Brady, Caoileann Beirne, Triona Kelly.

Tipperary: Lauren Fitzpatrick; Maria Curley, Emma Buckley, Elaine Kelly; Louise Cahill, Anne O’Dwyer, Roisin McGrath; Sheelagh Carew (0-1), Aisling McGrath (1-4, 2 frees); Niamh Lonergan, Breeda Feeney (0-1), Lorraine O’Shea; Sarah Everard (1-2), Aoife Ryan, Laura Dillon. Subs used: Bernie Ryan, Aoibhe O’Shea (0-3), Maria Kinnane. Referee: Kieran McKeever (Armagh).

Player of the Match:

Jenny Downey (Roscommon)

There were many good performances in this highly competitive game. For Tipperary, Emma Buckley, Anne O’Dwyer, Shelagh Carew, Lorraine O’Shea and sub Aoibhe O’Shea were excellent on the day.

Aisling McCarthy was their outstanding performer and she drove her team forward at every opportunity.

For Roscommon, Rachel Timothy played well between the posts. Niamh O’Beirne, Jenny Higgins, Sinead Kenny, Siobhan Tully and Martina Freyne were excellent.

However our choice is Jenny Downey who was outstanding from play and frees. She is a true leader for this Roscommon team.

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Last-gasp defeat for Roscommon

Fr Manning Cup

Kildare 1-10 Roscommon 1-9

A goal from David Kelly in injury-time gave Kildare a one-point win in this competitive match played in Newbridge last Wednesday night week.

It was rough justice on Roscommon who had played well to get into a winning position in the second half.

Kildare were the better side in the first half but a well-taken goal from Ryan Beisty in the 2nd minute saw Roscommon into an early lead.

Kildare shot some terrible wides after that and Roscommon were trailing by 0-7 to 1-2 coming up to half-time but, aided by two excellent points from Roscommon’s star player, Brian Derwin the sides went in level at half-time.

Kildare led by two points early in the second half but Roscommon were improving and they came back well into the game.

Points from Brian Derwin and Rian Beisty levelled the scores and then three pointed frees from Brian Derwin saw the Rossies ahead by three by the 57th minute. Then in the 60th minute Kildare pointed a free and deep into injury-time Kiladare full-forward David Kelly was on hand to prod home from close-range to break the hearts of the Roscommon men.

Roscommon: Aaron Brady; Connell Kennelly, Fiachra Doyle, Michael Conroy; Eoghan Grady, Gerry Galvin, Mikey Kavanagh; Padraig Halpin, Niall Murray; Cathal Heneghan, Niall Cunniffe, Ryan Beisty (1-1); Donnacha Gately, Brian Derwin (0-8), Callum Fahey. Subs: Dylan Ruane for Grady, Shea Henry for Fahey, Ronan Dowd for Cunniffe, Enda Killoran for Conroy, Mark Finan for Kavanagh, Michael Hanley for Gately.

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Golf News 24th July

Boyle Golf Club

Thursday night’s competition was won by Lorcan Egan with 27 points, 2nd Dave Purser with 25 points, Friday’s Scramble was won by President Charlie O’Donnell, Geraldine McDermottroe and Michael Reid, 2nd Gerry Carty, Susan O’Mahoney and Cillian Doyle, 3rd Brendan Gaffney, Carmel Keenan and Mervyn Boles.

Competitions for this week are the Mens Competition on Thursday night and a 9-hole Scramble on Friday night.

Next Saturday is the Boyle Arts Festival Open. Format is 18-hole stableford, entry fee is €7.

Next Sunday is Captain’s Prize to the Ladies and an 18-hole Stroke for the Men (Golfer of the Year).

Date for your diary is The Captain’s Weekend July 30th-August 2nd including Par Three Competition on Thursday, Captain’s Scramble on Friday and Captain’s Prize on August Sunday. Online booking for Captain’s Prize available from this Wednesday July 22nd. King Harman 3rd Matches to be played by this Saturday 25th July. Good luck to all taking part.

Commiserations to our Jack O’Sullivan Team who lost to Rosses Point last Thursday and to our Cecil Ewing Team who lost to Enniscrone last Saturday.


Good luck to our Connacht Shield Team against Ballymote.

Castlerea Golf Club

Results from the competition on Sunday 19th July, sponsored by Liam Walsh, Irish Life Financial Planning Partner – 1st: Peter Hester with 41 points; 2nd Peter Morris with 39 points; Category 1 Matt Griffith with 37 points; Category 2 Michael Clarke with 37 points; Category 3 Paulo Hayden with 38 points.

Cecil Ewing Team bowed out to Tuam last Saturday. Match was played in very wet conditions. Every credit to all.

Next weekend Connacht Mixed Foursomes semi-finals and finals will be held at Castlerea Golf Club on Friday 24th starting at 2 pm.

Castlerea Golf Club's Mixed Foursomes Team will play Oughterard, Co. Galway. This is a repeat of the 2010 semi-final in Ballina. The second pairings of Wesport, Co. Mayo and Co. Sligo Golf Club will tee up at 2.45 p.m. Best of luck to our team.

Roscommon Golf Club

Congratulations to Joan Hannon, winner of Lady Captain Mrs Marie McManus’s Prize, 2015, with 144 nett. Ruth Lennon was in second place with 147. Sinead Benedetti won the gross prize with 144 gross. Annie Timothy was in third place with 147.

The winner of Sunday’s competition, sponsored by P. Cuddy Class Grass, was Alan Craven with 41 points. Brian Feeley was in second place with 40 points and Aidan Donnelly was in third place with 39 points.

Dan O’Brien won the gross prize with 32 gross points and David Hill won the junior prize with 41 points.

Jack McGahan won the Open Friday competition with 39 points and John Carr was in second place with 36 points. The winner of the Over 55’s competition on Thursday was Eddie Moran with Michael Dolan in second place and Tom Costello in third place.

Gertie Spillane won the ladies’ competition and Marguerite Farrell was in second place. Mary Jo O’Riordan was in third place and Mary Lalor was in fourth place.

Well done to Peter Casey and Sandra Kelly winners of the Club Mixed Foursomes and hard luck to runners-up Terry O’Keeffe and Patricia O’Gara.

Our Senior Foursomes team are through to the Connacht final after beating Ballinasloe in the semi-final on Sunday in Mountbellew.

The club classic, sponsored by P.J. Donnellan Engine Spares, takes place on this Friday and Saturday.

Members are reminded to get the stubs and money for the draw in to Michael McHale or any committee member as soon as possible as the draw takes place on Saturday.

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