Shamrocks 3-9 Roscommon 2-11
The Boston Shamrocks continued on their winning ways with a close victory over Roscommon in an extremely exciting game of football. The Shamrocks went in at half time down by 7 points, and replicated their performance of last week against Tir na nOg by staging a tremendous second half comeback to win by a single point.
The first half was tight in the early going with neither side getting the better of the other. After 15 minutes the Shamrocks were ahead by five points to three. Kildare’s Aisling Jennings accounted for three of the Shamrocks points, and Maria Modrick two. Belcoo’s own Sharon McGovern was in top form in the Roscommon forward line and put two over the bar, and Karen Maloney the third. Roscommon netted twice in the second quarter to take a lead going into half time. Geraldine Reynolds put both goals away, and put Roscommon into a commanding lead. Sharon McGovern pointed twice and Karen Maloney once to give Roscommon a comfortable cushion to sit on going into the second period.
Like the week before, an early second half goal brought the Shamrocks back into it, and raised some doubts amongst the Roscommon players. Aisling Jennings, who is proving to be a star on the Boston stage, was the one to put the ball away, and with one kick of the ball there were only four points in it. Maria Modrick and Jennings each pointed again, and were followed by Louise Collins, which left one point between the teams. Roscommon pulled away again through points from Fiona Claffey, Maggie Fox, and Karen Maloney, but there were still a couple of goals left in the Shamrocks. Jennings goaled to bring the Shamrocks within two points, and Reynolds scored the winner just before the final whistle. The last few weeks have shown that there is nothing between the teams in the ladies football championship. Though the Shamrocks are on top of the table and Roscommon have yet to win a game, it is all to play for.
Shamrocks: M. Harrison, S. Boylan, J. Rock, S. Killeen, L. Stephenson, S. McHugh, M. Cullen, C. McEleaney, M. Modrick, S. Walsh, A. Jennings, L. Collins, S. Kelly, T. Kealy, O. McGuirke. Roscommon: N. Kavanagh, P. Bourke, J. O’Connell, L. Burns, J. McCarron, J. Rogers, C. Melia, K. McManus, C. Benson, S. McGovern, K. Moloney, M. Fox, R. Finnegan, G. Reynolds, F. Claffey.
By Rory O'Donnell