Ladies in pole position for last eight



TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Championship Qualifying Group

Roscommon 2-9

Meath 0-9

Roscommon ladies footballers continued on their upward curve with an excellent six point win against a fancied Meath team in Kinnegad last Saturday. With a game against Fermanagh to come next Sunday this win puts Michael Finneran’s team in pole position to qualify for the play-offs on top of their group.

  Once again, it was a real team effort from Roscommon. Helena Cummins was strong and assured between the posts; Amanda McLoone, Aisling McAuliffe, Jenny Higgins and Sinead Kenny were also very prominent on the day.

  The exchanges were evenly fought throughout but Joanne Cregg’s goal was vital as the sides went in level 1-3 to 0-6 at half-time.

  A point from Sheila Brady and a goal from Alice Kelly early in the second half proved crucial as Roscommon kept the Royals at arm’s length.

  As long as Roscommon rule out any complacency next Sunday, a place in the play-offs at the top of the group should be secured with a win against Fermanagh.

  Speaking to People Sport on Tuesday, Roscommon manager Michael Finneran said that they would be taking no chances when they face Fermanagh on Sunday in Mullahoran (3.45pm).

  “On a line of form we should win the match but we have to be careful and make sure we win it because if we do we will top the group and get into a quarter-final which is a big incentive.

  “We have no injury worries from last weekend’s win and we have generated great momentum from our two big wins recently and there is great enthusiasm in the group. Winning is so important and we hope to win again at the weekend. To qualify for the quarter-final as group winners is our aim,” he concluded.

Roscommon: H Cummins; H Ennis, A McLoone, R Brady; C Cauneen, A McAuliffe, S Kenny; J Higgins (0-3), J Cregg (1-0); A Kelly (1-1),R Wynne, L Fleming; N Feeney, R Finan (0-2), S Brady (0-1). Subs: S Bruen (0-1) for Feeney, J Downey (0-1) for S Brady.