BORD GAIS LADIES DIVISION 3 NFL
Roscommon made the long trip to Garrisson on the Leitrim/ Fermanagh border to take on last yearís Intermediate finalists in Round 2 of the league. After a brave battle the girls lost out in the end where the scoreline flattered Fermanagh as they trailed by four points with twenty minutes to go but three goals in six minutes for the home side sealed Roscommonís fate.
Fermanagh opened the scoring on five minutes, but Roscommon soon equalised with a Jennifer Higgins point from play. Anna McCormack, Tara Taylor and Sharon Ryan were causing many problems for the Fermanagh defence at this stage, and the latter was on hand after eight minutes to finish to the net to give Roscommon a deserved lead. Fermanagh struck back with a goal four minutes later to equalise, and soon took the lead from a free. Anna McCormack once more took on the Fermanagh defence and finished superbly into the far corner for a great goal and a minute later Roscommon increased their lead from an Emer Casey free. Fermanagh started to dominate for the last ten minutes of the first half as the Little sisters, Sharon and Caroline came to the fore and they reeled off a couple of scores to leave the half-time score 2-2 to 1-4 in Roscommonís favour.
Fermanagh were first out the blocks on the resumption with a equalising free. Roscommon were still playing some good football and when Emer Casey got in behind the defence she finish to the net, to put Roscommon three up once again. There same player scored a great 35 metre point from play a minute later, to put Roscommon in what seemed like a winning position. But disaster struck when on two occasions in a couple of minutes Roscommon attacks broke down, and Fermanagh swept down the field to score break-away goals. They added a fourth goal in the 16th minute along with four late points to finish nine point winners while an Emer Casey free was Roscommonís sole reply.
Carol Manning in goal was a rock throughout, and similar to the Longford match pulled off three superb saves. The defence battled hard throughout but were up against some really classy forwards on this occasion, and fitness in the end was the difference in the teams. Midfield dominated exchanges for most of the first half but eventually ran out of steam, and while they did, the forwards looked like they had the better of the Fermanagh defence, where Anna McCormack was back to her best.
Roscommon now play Waterford next Sunday in Hyde Park at 2 pm.
Roscommon: Carol Manning, Susie Keenaghan, Laura Sharkey, Maria Keenaghan, Louise Tully, Sinead Cooney, Sinead Kenny, Marla Candon, Caroline Conway, Sharon Ryan (1-0), Jennifer Higgins (0-1), Emma Hussey, Anna McCormack (1-0), Tara Taylor, Emer Casey 1-3 (2f).
Subs used: Sarah Finnerty, Natalie McHugh, Margaret Fannon.