All-Ireland LGFA Minor ‘B’ Football Final:
Roscommon v Longford at Duggan Park, Ballinasloe on Saturday at 1 pm
Ladies’ football is on a high in Roscommon at the moment. The underage scene is stronger than ever and the flagship ladies’ team, under manager Michael Finneran, have just retained their Connacht Intermediate title and on Sunday are facing Kildare in the All-Ireland quarter-final.
The minor team under manager Ollie Colgan face Longford in the All-Ireland ‘B’ final this Saturday and it’s a very talented bunch of players who will be determined to put last year’s defeat (to Kildare in Moate) behind them.
It’s been over a decade since Roscommon won an All-Ireland at this level and a victory on Saturday would be a huge boost to the game in the county and it is well within the capability of this team to take this title.
Roscommon will be hoping that the thrilling semi-final win against Clare after extra-time will stand to them as they came through a searching test to qualify for the decider. Longford, on the other hand, did not play a semi-final as their opponents Tyrone were ejected from the competition for technical reasons before that game could be played.
Roscommon have talented players throughout the field and the experience of the likes of Kelley Colgan, Emma Kildea, Sarah McVeigh, Aimee O’Connor and Ellen Irwin will be invaluable on Saturday. All were involved in the 2018 campaign.
Roscommon’s attack looks sharp this year with Aimee O’Connor, Kayleigh Shine and Megan McKeon in top form. Longford will come into this final under the radar and while they may be an unknown quantity, the county won an All-Ireland U-16 ‘B’ title in recent weeks, defeating Waterford in the final, so their confidence will be high.
But this is a very talented a well managed Roscommon team and if they can play to their potential there is no reason why they cannot win this All-Ireland title.