Saturday 19 October 2019

Ladies get their third win in a row

LIDL NFL Division 3 Round 5, at Cloonacool Community Park: Sligo 4-7 Roscommon 2-8

Emma Gallagher

Sligo ladies kept their winning momentum going when they met Roscommon on Sunday afternoon with the Yeats women getting their third victory in a row in round 5 of the Lidl NFL. The second half in Cloonacool in particular was full of action, as referee Declan Callaghan sent 2 Sligo players and four from Roscommon to the sin bin in relatively quick succession midway through the half.

Roscommon led by 2 points following an early goal from Rachel Fitzmaurice but when the impressive Emma Keavney palmed the ball into the back of the net for Sligo on 17 minutes, the hosts never gave up their lead for the duration of the game.

They led by 5 points at the break and both sides went on to score nine points each in the second half as Sligo deserved their five point victory.

The hosts played with the substantial breeze in the first half, Roscommon seeing an early goal chance impressively saved by Rachel Quigley in the Sligo goal. Elaine O'Reilly got Sligo off the mark with a free on 2 minutes and the Geevagh player added another free two minutes later.

Roscommon's Katie Daly linked up with Alice Kelly and the latter almost got the first goal of the game but her attempt came off the post on 8 minutes. Roscommon were down to 14 early on when Shauna Bannon was sin binned on 10 minutes.

Fitzmaurice then swiftly edged the visitors in front, Daly snatching possession from a Sligo advantage as she passed to Siobhán Tully who found Fitzmaurice and she made no mistake in palming the ball into the net with 12 minutes played.

Laura Fleming quickly followed with a converted free for Roscommon but their two point reign was short-lived.

O'Reilly pointed a free on Ciara Gorman while an excellent pass from midfielder Ruth Goodwin found Keavney who fisted into the net giving Sligo a 2 point cushion 17 minutes in.

A minute later and the ball was in the Roscommon net again, this time it was Lauren Boles on target, good work from Gorman and Keavney as Sligo went into a 2-3 to 1-1 lead.

Roscommon's Jenny Higgins scored a good point from play on 23 minutes before O'Reilly got her fourth free of the afternoon as Sligo led 2-4 to 1-2 at the break.

After the resumption Fleming was fouled with Rebecca Finan tapping over the free, down the other end O'Reilly converting a free before Sligo's third goal, a splendid attempt from Laura Ann Laffey found the net, the Coolera/Strandhill player seemed like she was aiming for a point for her shot deftly slammed into the back of the net from distance, Sligo leading by 7 at this stage.

Finan and O'Reilly traded frees before Roscommon's Aine Ryan was sin binned on 43 minutes, then Roscommon got a lifeline when a footblock from a Sligo defender awarded them a penalty, which Finan converted with a fine finish, Sligo's Bernice Byrne also sin binned for the challenge.

Roscommon won the kick-out and the resultant foul saw Jacqui Mulligan given a yellow card too on 47 minutes which was followed by Kelly and Fleming of Roscommon also sin binned in the 48th and 50th minutes respectively.

Another high challenge on Gorman saw Roscommon reduced to 12 with Joanne Cregg leaving the field of play on 51 minutes.

Keavney sealed the win for Sligo with their fourth goal on 54 minutes, a great pass from Gorman as 8 separated them, Sheila Brady reducing the deficit with 3 points (two frees) as Sligo ran out comfortable winners.

SLIGO: R Quigley, A Morrisroe, G O'Loughlin, J Mulligan, M McNamara, B Byrne, K A Henry, R Goodwin, L A Laffey, C Gorman, L Boles, S Naughton, E O'Reilly, E Keavney, L Casey. Subs used: N Brennan, A Gilligan, J Lyons.

Scorers: E Keavney (2-0), E O'Reilly (0-7, 7f), L Boles (1-0), L A Laffey (1-0).

ROSCOMMON: H Cummins, H Ennis, S Kenny (C), A McLoone, J Cregg, S Bannon, N Feeney, A Ryan, J Higgins, A Kelly, L Fleming, S Tully, R Fitzmaurice, R Finan, K Daly. Subs used: R Brady, L Flynn, S Brady.

Scorers: R Finan (1-3, 2f), R Fitzmaurice (1-0), S Brady (0-3, 2f), L Fleming (0-1, 1f), J Higgins (0-1).

REFEREE: D Callaghan.

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