Roscommon Ladies showed what it takes to compete at the top level when they took on neighbours Longford in Tarmonbarry on Sunday last. Kilglass Gaelsí playing colleagues are in charge of the two teams in the Intermediate All-Ireland Championship and they came away with a share of the spoils on a score of Roscommon 5-6 Longford 3-12.
From the throw-in it was Longford who got off to a flying start and they had four points on the board after five minutes. Roscommon then got into their stride and they had four points in the next six minutes without reply. Longford went 1 point up in the 17th minute with a D. Murtagh free; two minutes later E. Quinn had Longford two up and three minutes later C. Coleman found T. Taylor to M. Freyne and she shot to the net. Straight from the kick-out Longford netted, making it Roscommon 1-4 Longford 1-6.
Two minutes later C. McHugh found M. Freyne who passed to A.M. Carley and Roscommon claimed their second goal. A. Smyth put the sides level. Roscommon were one up with a C. Grehan point and a minute later M. Freyne had Roscommonís third goal. E. Casey completed the scoring 1 minute into injury-time.
The second half was not as tense or as fast-flowing, but both teams didnít give an inch which led to a thrilling game. If Roscommon dominated the later stage of the first half, Longford did likewise in the second. This was a good game of championship football and was no place for the faint-hearted as both teams gave of their best. Both defences were found wanting at times, but both live to fight on.
Roscommonís next game is at home to Westmeath on July 12th.
The lotto was not won and will be Ä4,800 this weekend.