Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Roscommon rue missed penalties

Daily Star National Camogie League Div 3

Kildare 0-12 Roscommon 0-6

Roscommon were always playing catch up in their opening game of the new season when they were beaten by six points by Kildare in Athleague last Sunday. Roscommon played well in the opening half but faded away after the break when they only scored one point.

Kildare opened the scoring with an early point from play, but three points from frees from Kelly Hopkins saw Roscommon go into a two-point lead. Kildare points from Susie Carroll and Fiona Trant levelled matters by the 19th minute.

Then points from Louise Walsh and Susie Carroll edged Kildare into a two-point lead by the 23rd minute. Susan Spillane reduced the margin when she scored from 20 metres but then Susie Carroll restored Kildare’s advantage with a long-range point in the 24th minute. Annette McGeeney scored from a free but two points for Kildare, both from Susie Carroll, saw the Lillywhites go in at half time leading by 0-8 to 0-5.

Roscommon were awarded a penalty in the early stages of the second half but Kelly Hopkins effort was saved and Kildare went on to score three points in a row to open up a six-point gap. With ten minutes to go Roscommon were awarded another penalty and again Kelly Hopkins’ effort was saved and cleared. In the final few minutes Fiona Trant and Annette McGeeney swapped points but the league points were safely in the bag for Kildare and Roscommon were left to rue those missed penalties and that poor second half display.

Roscommon: C Connaughton; M Lohan, C Morris, R Connaughton; C Kelly, C Regan, C Kileen; D Regan, E Daly; K Hopkins (0-3), A McGeeney (0-2), S Spillane (0-1); A Morris, R Fallon, S O’Brien. Subs: G Dowd for A Morris, P Lennon for Fallon, E Treacy for O’Brien.

Kildare: B Byrnes; N Breen, R Gorman, N Concannon; G O’Hurley, B Gorman, A Trant; C Flanagan, C Forde; S Carroll (0-7), S Hurley (0-1), L Walsh (0-1); R O Connell, F Trant (0-2), O Mulally. Subs: M Murtagh (0-1) for Mulally, S McCourt for Forde, A O’Hara for Walsh.