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Late Sligo salvo denies Roscommon

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Championship 2nd Round Qualifier

Sligo 2-15 Roscommon 2-13

Roscommon ladies are out of this years’ All-Ireland Intermediate championship but they were desperately unlucky as they lost out to Sligo after a thrilling encounter played in Ballinamore on Saturday.

Two late points from Sligo decided the outcome and it was a very disappointing result for Kieran Kilkenny’s side as they had given their all on the day.

The fact that this was one of the best games of football of the year will not be of much consolation to Roscommon as they look back on this defeat but they can look forward to the future with confidence as the panel is very young and they will definitely improve in the coming seasons if they keep this group together.

Played on an excellent surface and on a fine evening this game was a real end-to-end affair from the first whistle.

Jenny Higgins fired over Roscommon’s first point within 20 seconds but it was Sligo who made the best start and after 8 minutes they led by 1-3 to 0-1, Katie Walsh fired home the goal in the 8th minute and she would give the Roscommon defence many headaches over the course of the game.

But Roscommon battled back into the contest and with Jenny Downey once again so accurate from frees and play, and with Jenny Higgins, Siobhan Tully, and Martina Freyne also playing well, Roscommon were always in the hunt.

However with Katie Walsh and Denise McGrath also playing well Sligo kept their noses in front and in first half injury time they led by 1-9 to 0-8.

Then Jenny Higgins scored one of the finest goals that you are likely to see this year in any grade. Laura Fleming and Higgins exchanged a number of passes before Higgins fired a bullet of a shot into the top corner of the net from 20 metres out.

It was a sensational goal and at half-time Roscommon only trailed by a point 1-9 to 1-8. Indeed Roscommon forged ahead on the restart when Rachel Ryan got in for Roscommon’s second goal after great work from Siobhan Tully, but with Katie Walsh and Emma Hansbury grabbing vital scores for Sligo it was score for score until the final couple of minutes.

The sides were level three times until Emma Hansbury struck for a second Sligo goal in the 49th minute to give them a two point lead 2-13 to 2-11.

But Roscommon would not lie down and excellent scores from sub Jenny Conlon and Aisling McAulliffe levelled the scores by the 54th minute.

But it was Sligo who finished slightly the stronger team and late points from Sinead McTiernan and subs Lisa Casey saw them edge out the narrow inners and they now play Waterford in the quarter finals on Saturday week.

For Roscommon it’s is a year of narrow misses losing out by a point to Leitrim in the championship and then to Sligo by two points in the qualifiers. However there is plenty of positives to build on for the future.

Sligo: Noelle Gormley; Orla McGowan, Grainne O’Loughlin, Jacqui Mulligan (0-1); Colley Casey, Elise Codd, Rusth Goodwin; Sinead McTiernan (0-1), Bernice Byrne (0-1); Denise McGrath (0-3), Stephanie O’Reilly (0-1), Elaine O’Reilly (0-1); Rachel Monaghan, Katie Walsh (1-5, 4 frees), Emma Hansbury (1-1). Subs: Lisa Casey (0-1) for Monaghan (43), Anne Marie Coleman for C Casey (59), Karen Maloney for McGrath 963), Tara Doddy for O’Loughlin (63).

Roscommon: Rachel Timothy; Feena Beirne, Niamh O’Beirne, Honor Ennis; Aisling McAulliffe (0-1), Louise Tully, Sorcha Bruen; Jenny Higgins (1-1), Sinead Kenny; Siobhan Tully, Rachel Ryan (0-1), Laura Fleming; Caroline Gunning, Martina Freyne (0-3), Jenny Downey (0-7, 6 frees). Subs: Amanda McLoone for O’Beirne (h-t), Jenny Conlon (0-1) for Bruen (41).

Referee: Maggie Farrelly (Cavan)

Player of the Match Katie Walsh (Sligo)

For luckless Roscommon, Aisling McAuliffe, Jenny Higgins, Siobhan Tully, Martina Freyne and Jenny Downey were outstanding on the day.

For Sligo, Sinead McTiernan, Denise McGrath, Stephanie O’Reilly and Emma Hansbury all played well but Katie Walsh was a constant threat to the Roscommon defence and her ball winning ability was crucial to Sligo’s win.

Evans in frame for another year

The future of Roscommon manager John Evans is set to be resolved this week when the Kerry native is expected to be offered another year in charge at a county board meeting tonight.

  After a poor championship campaign which saw them disappointingly lose out Sligo in the Connacht championship and Fermanagh in the qualifiers, pressure mounted on the former Tipperary manager, despite securing back to back league promotions in the last two years.

  However it is believed that Evans reiterated his desire to stay on for another year at the very least, and the county board are expected to put his name forward in front of the meeting tonight.

  It has also been mooted that there will be changes made to the backroom team, with selectors Gay Sheerin and Basil Mannion expected to step aside.

On form Concannon takes win

Round Robins continued in The Hollywood Bar this past Friday, concluding in an exciting final between two McDermott’s players. On one side of the tie was Thomas Concannon and his opponent in the final was McDermott’s team mate David Concannon.     

  David registered a 15 dart leg and to win on a 4-1 scoreline. Many thanks to all players who took part in the event; it is greatly appreciated. Also Special Thanks to The Hollywood Bar for use of their premises and continued support for competitions.

  Summer Round Robins In The Hollywood:

Well Done to Mick Kilroe who won last Friday’s Round Robin with a win over Mark Finneran in the Final. Summer Round Robins will continue in The Hollywood Bar, Roscommon Town this Friday.

  For more details or to enter your name contact David on(086-0823180 or join the Facebook page ‘Hollywood Bar Darts Events’ for more information. All welcome!

Ladies land semi-final spot

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Junior Camogie Championship

Roscommon 2-11 Westmeath 2-9

A strong first half display from the home side was enough to see off the determined challenge of Westmeath at Rockfield last Sunday.

The result means that Roscommon are now in the semi-finals and they will face Dublin in a few weeks time.

The strong wind ruined the game as a spectacle, and with the elements at their backs Roscommon took full advantage in the opening half and by half-time they led by 2-9 to 0-4.

Roscommon went 0-6 to 0-1 ahead after 12 minutes and were looking good. Then in the 15th minute Niamh Coyle blasted home a fine Roscommon goal and just before the half-time whistle Annette McGeeney struck home Roscommon’s second goal and at half-time the home side led by 11 points.

But Westmeath laid siege to the Roscommon goal and especially in the last 20 minutes. Denise McGrath scored an early goal and Westmeath were back in the hunt. Roscommon defended well and the home side scored two frees from Niamh Farrell in the 53rd and 56th minutes and they were to prove crucial scores.

In injury time Westmeath’s best player Caoimhe McCrossan scored her sides’ second goal but Roscommon survived to edge home by two points.

Best for Roscommon on the day were Annette McGeeney, Caroline Connaughton, Susan Spillane, Niamh Coyle and Niamh Farrell.

Roscommon: C Connaughton; C Killeen, E Daly, A Byrne; C Gunning (0-1), S Coyle, C Morris; S Spillane, R Fitzmaurice; A McGeeney (1-2), N Farrell (0-7), R Brennan; F Connell, N Coyle (1-1), C Curley. Subs: M Fannon for Curley, J Beattie for Gunning.

Lyons’ caps remarkable turnaround for Roscommon

All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ Hurling Championship Quarter Final

Roscommon 4-8 Meath 3-9

Roscommon came from 10 points down to record a sensational two-point victory at Athleague. Meath grabbed the first goal through Ross Ryan but Roscommon players claimed he threw the ball into the net but the goal stood. Roscommon then responded with a fine goal from John Murray.

Then Meath struck for two goals before half-time and both came from the stick of Mark Slevin and it helped Meath into a 3-5 to 1-3 lead at the break.

Three quick points from Meath saw Roscommon trail by 10 points, 3-8 to 1-4 after 37 minutes. But three Roscommon goals in six minutes turned the game on its head.

Daniel Glynn scored a goal from a free and then fine efforts from Brian Lawlor and Gearoid Keenan saw The Rossies back in the game.

Then in a frantic final few minutes two great points from sub Aengus Lyons sealed victory. Meath did have a late goal chance but Gearoid Keenan made an excellent block on the line to send Roscommon into the semi-finals where they will face Wicklow.Roscommon: K Kelly; E Costello, M Kellehan, J Mulry; M Feely, J Gunning, S Downey; G Keenan (1-0), K Fehily; R Kilcline, J Murray (1-1), J Donoghue; T Doyle (0-1), D Glynn (1-3), B Lawlor (1-1). Subs: T Clayton for Donoghue, A Lyons (0-2) for Lawlor.

Golf News 7th August

Carrick-on-Shannon Golf Club

Tuesday is our weekly Open Day and for your diary. Carrick Open Week will run from August 16th to August 21st.

Ladies, Gents and Mixed competitions throughout the week to include: Scramble, Singles Stableford, V Par, Fourball.Book online or call Chris on 071 9667015.

Afterwards you can relax in The Bunker Bar with a tasty wrap, sandwich, soup, salad, or a delicious home cooked meal.

Congratulations to Eamonn McGirl on a very successful Captains Week culminating in Captains Day on Sunday.

Captains Prize to Ladies was won by Anna Smith followed by Eimear Gallagher in Second place. Gross to Ann Keenan while Mary King came Third. Front 9 to Siobhan Talbot with Back 9 to Oonagh Talbot.

Captains Prize to Beginner Ladies was won by Berni Matthews, followed by Marion Dolan in second and Mae Sorohan in third.

Castlerea Golf Club

The results of last Sunday’s competition the Bernie Keane Memorial: 1st Liam Walsh with 63, 2nd Tony Mitchell with 64, Cat 1 Ignatius Hayden with 64, Cat 2 Patrick O’Connor Jnr with 66 and Cat 3 Derek Tully with 68.

The following are the recent results of the Ladies competitions: Celia Mulligan with 35pts, winner of Bernie Keane Memorial on 31st July, Mamie Creaton with 35pts, winner of Doyles Centra on 28th July and Maura Kelly with 40pts, winner of Liam Walsh Financial Services played on 21st July.

Next Sunday is the 1st round of the Captains Prize. The draw for partners and times will take place on Saturday at 6pm so please have your name on the time sheet in advance.

The Prize for the Ladies will be played for on Tuesday 11th August.

Roscommon Golf Club

Congratulations to Seamus Fallon winner of Captain Ken Kearney’s Prize 2015. All competitors played the first 18 holes and the top 27 qualifiers played an additional 9 holes on Sunday evening in atrocious weather conditions.

Seamus finished with a score of 105.5 nett for the 27 holes just half a shot clear of runner-up Francie Grehan on 106 and one shot better than John Carter in third place.

The other prize-winners were: 1st Gross Enda Daly, 4th nett Tom Donohue, 2nd Gross Liam Casey, 5th nett Charlie Farrell, Past Captain’s Jack Halliday, Seniors Michael Sharkey, 1st 18 hole nett Kevin Glynn, Junior Boys 1st Simon Walker, 2nd Alan Connaughton, Beginner Boys Nathan O’Connor, Boys Putting competition James Lynch, Ladies 1st prize Kate Walshe 2nd Mary Seymour.

The Category 1 winner of the ladies’ Tuesday competition, sponsored by Galaxy Hair and Beauty, was Ruth Lennon with 71 nett.

Joan Hannon was the Category 2 winner with 75 nett and Mary Pender was the Category 3 winner with 80 nett.

Charlie Brennan won the Over 55’s competition on Thursday. Eddie Moran was in second place and John McGrath was in third place.

Kay Ruane won the ladies’ competition and Mary Jo O’Riordan was in second place. Mary Mellett was in third place and Jackie Maxwell was in fourth place. Our Jack O’Sullivan team and our ladies’ Meile Fourball team both lost out in close competitions at the semi-final stage during the week.

Good luck to all the ladies participating in President Cathal McConn’s Prize to the ladies during the week. Good luck to the Junior Foursomes team who take on Barna on Saturday.

The draw for the President’s Prize to the men is on the notice board and the preliminary round must be played by 8th August.

Comans’ players gear up for world championships

The World Handball Championships take place once every three years, shared in rotation between Ireland, Canada and USA and this time around it's the turn of Calgary on the west side of Canada, who will host the ultimate test in handball from the 11th to 21st August.

  Unfortunately, due to a combination of economic climate, the timing of the event, emigration and injuries the numbers travelling from St. Coman's are well down on previous foreign trips, but there is still some optimism over the chances of those making the long journey in the next week or so.

  Rikki O'Gara won the 'A' doubles title in the 2012 Worlds with Damien Martin and reached the singles final, so, early in the year the plan was to make a real assault on the Open Doubles title, however, a serious back injury suffered by Damien in the meantime put paid to that. Rikki now teams up with Ballaghadereen's Joe McCann and judging from their training matches and both players' experience they are a team that nobody will look forward to playing.

  Despite still being in the recovery stages from a serious back injury, Fiona Tully in the Girls 17&under probably represents the best chance of Roscommon success. A fully fit Fiona would normally be strongly favoured in this event, but with very hampered preparations the odds have levelled out considerably. However, such are her skill levels that the Hawthorn Drive star is still rightly regarded as a serious threat.

  Michael Egan and Cathal O'Connor are the other juveniles travelling and they have put in a serious amount of training in the last six months. Michael will be a strong contender in the 15&under singles while his partnership with Inis Mor native Peter O'Donncha could well go all the way in the doubles equivalent. Cathal is in a very strong grade, but his cool head and confidence could see him advance to the later stages in the 17&under singles, while he partners Galway's Jamie Kelly in the doubles.

  Oisin Naughton will take part in the 'A' division, which is full of top-class players. The super-fit Oisin has prepared as thoroughly as ever and interestingly teams up with Clare's Fergal Coughlan in the doubles.

  Siobhan Tully, Linda Connolly and Laura Mannion are all taking part in the Ladies 'C' event, with Siobhan and Linda teaming up in the doubles and Laura partnering Niamh Egan. All girls have prepared hard and could well feature at the business end.

  The travelling players have received sponsored equipment from a number of sources and St. Coman's would sincerely like to thank the generosity of the Abbey Hotel Health & Leisure for jersies, Hannon's Hotel for half-zip tops, Dunnes Stores for kit bags and Bank of Ireland for gear bags.

Heartbreak as Roscommon lose All-Ireland by one point

All-Ireland Ladies U-16 B Final

Waterford 2-9 Roscommon 3-5

The Roscommon U-16 ladies team suffered All-Ireland Final heartbreak when they were agonisingly defeated by a one-point margin by Waterford in Nenagh last night (Wednesday).

After being ten points down at one stage in the first half Roscommon produced a gallant performance after the interval to reduce their deficit to a single point in injury-time, but try as they might they couldn't muster the all-important equaliser.

Waterford exploded out of the blocks and were 1-3 to no reply up within five minutes with their goal coming from the impressive Kaiesha Tobin.

A shell-shocked Roscommon did settle into it and after a succession of scoreable wides Sinead Farrell opened their account in the 16th minute from a free.

However a slick Waterford side soon struck again and after corner-forward Hannah Power fisted to the net in the 19th minute, Roscommon soon found themselves 2-5 to 0-1 down.

Despite that grim scoreline Roscommon were competing quite well but couldn't translate their possession into scores, that was until corner-forward Sarah Scally found the net twice within three minutes to offer her side a glimmer of hope at the interval.

It was 2-7 to 2-1 at the break.

After Waterford went seven points ahead within seconds of the restart, Roscommon took the initiative and points from Aoife Gavin, Farrell and Louise Brady reduced the arrears to four. Roscommon were now in the ascendancy.

After missing a number of goal chances the goal they needed to resurrect their challenge duly arrived two minutes from time from Niamh Shanagher.

In a frantic finale the sides exchanged points through Farrell for Roscommon and Tobin for Waterford, and while Roscommon piled on late pressure, the equaliser proved elusive, and it was Waterford who were triumphant at the final whistle.

What an effort from a heartbroken and gallant Roscommon.

Roscommon: R. Cox; R. Gallagher, S. Dowd, A. Curley; C. O'Dowd, R. Wynne, E. McNally; M. McHugh, H. Payne; A. Gavin, S. Farrell, C. Corcoran; S. Scally, N. Shanagher, N. Fleming.

Can ladies slay Sligo to secure All-Ireland quarter-final spot?

Roscommon and Sligo renew rivalries in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football Championship when they meet this Saturday with a quarter-final place at stake (against Waterford). The game is in Ballinamore with a throw-in time of 3.45 pm.

  When Roscommon and Sligo met in the Connacht Championship earlier in the year Sligo won by four points.

  However it is generally accepted that there would not be a lot between Roscommon and Sligo and it is a game that Roscommon can win if they play well on the day.

  Roscommon manager Kieran Kilkenny told the Roscommon People this week that his charges are looking forward to the game.

  “When we met earlier in the championship we had loads of chances and we shot a lot of wides whereas they were more clinical in front of goal. If we can play well and are more accurate in front of goal then we can turn the tables.

  “I was very happy with the spirit that we showed in the win against Tipperary last week. We came back well in extra-time to win and we showed great character to win.

  “We have a full bill of health and everyone who was available to us against Tipperary will be there again this weekend so that’s positive.

  “We are going down to Ballinamore in a positive frame of mind and if we can take our chances and watch our discipline then we are well capable of winning this game. I am urging as many Roscommon fans to come along on the day and give us a bit of support. That would be very important to us” he concluded.

  Roscommon will be hoping for big performances from Jenny Downey, who has been the team’s scorer-in-chief, Jenny Higgins, Siobhan Tully, Sinead Kenny, Martina Freyne and the returning Amanda McLoone, all of whom have major roles to play.

  Roscommon have shown great resilience in the championship so far. They were unlucky to lose out against Leitrim by a point and they came back a number of times against a strong Tipperary side after extra-time in the last round to win that one. Roscommon should turn the tables this time around.

Prediction: Roscommon.



Mediocre championships need a boost

The football and hurling championships are now coming towards the business end of proceedings and by the time the top four in the football championship is settled and the top two in the hurling championship is decided I fear that there will be a very familiar look to it all.

This year’s hurling championship has been mediocre, to say the least. Tactics have taken over and while there have been some great team displays – like the one we saw from Galway last weekend – there have been very few goals and free-takers have taken over.

It would be fantastic for the game and for the GAA if Waterford and Galway were to qualify for the final, but what are the chances of that happening?

I know that the purists would love another Tipperary v Kilkenny All-Ireland final clash but what about the rest of the sporting population? It would be boring, predictable and unattractive for most neutrals.

I also have to laugh at all the coverage of the ‘Crisis in Cork GAA.’ Here is a county with a couple of hundred very strong GAA clubs, who have a massive tradition of both hurling and football.

Sure, they have had a few barren years in both codes and maybe their underage success is not all that they should have but to suggest that there is a ‘crisis’ is a laugh.

Cork will always be one of the strongest GAA counties and to suggest otherwise is a joke.

They are well capable of sorting out their problems. If there is a crisis in Cork GAA then God help the rest of us.

In the football championship Fermanagh showed Roscommon that we could easily be in the All-Ireland quarter-finals this weekend when they were far too good for a very poor Westmeath side last weekend.

Fermanagh are a breath of fresh air and are been very well managed by Pete McGrath, but the romance will stop on Sunday next when they meet the Dubs.

It has been a good run for Fermanagh but they are as far as they are going to get. If they can keep the margin below 15 points they will be doing well.

The qualifiers on Saturday will be interesting although I expect that Tyrone will be far too strong for Sligo.

However the second game promises to be much closer. Donegal will be the strong favourites to win but Galway are a great side in Croke Park and with no expectations weighing them down in this game, they can throw caution to the wind.

Donegal should be too strong for them but I am expecting a really good showing from Kevin Walsh’s men.

Kerry v Kildare on Sunday will be interesting. Kildare have built up great momentum in the qualifiers after being hammered by Dublin and on their best day are a good side.

But there is a dour superiority about this current Kerry side who are superbly managed by Eamon Fitzmaurice.

If Kerry are in a tight corner they will know what to do and they should win by five or six points.

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