Improving Rossies can remain unbeaten

Lidl Ladies National Football League Division Three (Round 3):

Roscommon v Sligo on Sunday in Markievicz Park at 2 pm

Roscommon Ladies footballers face a tough challenge when they clash with old rivals Sligo in their third league game on Sunday, knowing that a win will maintain their unbeaten run in preparation for the semi-finals.

Roscommon and Sligo have played many times in league and championship in recent years and Roscommon have the upper hand in the past few clashes but manager Diane O’Hora knows that The Yeats County, under new management, will be a very tough prospect.

“Sligo will be a huge test for us. We have two home games over us and we are expecting a really tough game on Sunday. They beat Down away and they are a much improved team this year,” she told People Sport this week.

Diane says that despite the fine win against Down last weekend it was only in the last fifteen minutes that Roscommon really showed their mettle.

“It was a great win but it was only when we brought on our subs that we pulled away. Rachel Fitzmaurice made a huge difference when she came on and the stronger the panel we have, the better it will be going forward,” she added.

  It was the resilience of the Roscommon players after the controversial water break incident which resulted in Down scoring an uncontested goal that most impressed the manager.

“Our reaction to that Down goal was super and a great credit to the players. It was a bizarre thing to do and I am certain that we would not have done the same thing given the opportunity,” she said.

The Roscommon manager hinted that there would be a few tweaks in the starting team for Sunday’s game.

“It’s horses for courses and we will be picking a team especially to face Sligo. It’s another huge challenge for us but we are settling down as a team and we are looking forward to it,” she concluded.

This could be a cracking encounter. Sligo are under new manager Anthony Brennan and they have also won their opening two matches (against Fermanagh and Down) so they will be coming into this clash confident of maintaining their unbeaten record at home.

However, Roscommon are improving all the time and will relish this challenge on Sunday. Knowing that they are in the semi-finals already will mean that they can play with added freedom. Another win would be a huge boost ahead of the league knockout stages and the championship and that is well within the capabilities of this team.

Prediction: Roscommon