Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Roscommon v Tir na nOg - July 20

Tir na nOg wing forward Colleen Barrett shoots.
Tir na nOg 2-10 Roscommon 2-5

Tir na nOg dominated the game for almost all of the 60 minutes, with a brief exception in the middle of the second half. In spite of a great start, Roscommon played second fiddle to Tir na nOg who were on top in most areas of the field. When Roscommon saw a glimmer of hope late in the second half, Tir na nOg shut the door in clinical fashion, underlining their championship credentials.
The first half was all Tir na nOg. The Brighton side put together some great passing moves and played the ball well out of defence to shut Roscommon out of it for the first 30 minutes. Maria Keane notched three points from frees and four others came from Colleen Barrett, Kate Murphy, Lisa McAleer and Angela Monaghan. Roscommon got off to a dream start with a point followed right away with a goal. However, the Rossies would go blank for the remaining 28 minutes of the half. The Tir na nOg back line were on top of their opposite numbers, and forwards looked threatening with almost every attack. Roscommon struggled to make anything happen in their favour. The brightest spot of the first half was two saves in close succession from Roscommon goalkeeper, Niamh Kavanagh, but when your keeper is producing the highlights, the signs are not good. At the half it was 1-1 to 0-7 in favour of the Brighton side.

The second half continued the way of the first with Tir na nOg looking likely winners and took their foot off the gas a little. Center forward, Katie Murphy, was in control of the forward line for Tir na nOg. Murphy goaled after two minutes of the restart to put Tir na nOg ahead by seven, Maria Keane pointed and mid-way through the half substitute Colleen Jordan made it a ten point game. It looked very much a done deal at this stage. But Rosommon hit back with a flurry of scores. Corner forward, Fiona Claffey finished the best Roscommon move of the day with a point, their first score in almost 40 minutes of play, and soon afterwards shot low into the corner of the net to pull Roscommon closer. Roscommon enjoyed a brief period of pressure, and Karen Maloney pointed twice from frees to bring Roscommon within four points, and with five minutes still on the clock there was a chance for Roscommon. Tir na nOg, however, were not in the mood for a tense finale and upped their performance. Two points dispelled any notions of a sensational finish. Colleen Barrett expertly fisted over the bar and Aimee Molloy pointed having made a run from her half-back position with time almost out. Tir na nOg had been guilty of letting opponents back into the game, not so this time as they maintained concentration until the end.

Tir na nOg: F. Gohery, B. Durkan, S. Crampsie, L. Brick, Aimee Molloy (0-1), D. O’Sullivan, S. Bourke, J. Moran, A. McDaid, Colleen Barrett (0-2), Katie Murphy (1-2), G. McClean, L. McAleer, Angela Monaghan (0-1), Maria Keane (0-4). Sub Colleen Jordan (1-0). Roscommon: N. Kavanagh, P. Bourke, J. O’Connell, L. Burns, J. McCavana, J. Rogers, C. Melia, K. McManus, C. Benson, Sharon McGovern (0-1), Karen Maloney (1-2), M. Fox, R. Finnegan, J. Reynolds, Fiona Claffey (1-2).
By Rory O'Donnell

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