A very strong, fit and talented Tipperary powered past home side Roscommon in the splendidly prepared surrounds of Clann nA nGaels’s Johnstown on Sunday afternoon last. While the home side were very wasteful in front of goal by times particularly in the opening half that was not the reason the rossies lost this game, Tipperary was dominant throughout and were on top in almost all departments especially displaying some terrific point taking from a very clinical forward division. Final score Tipperary 0-21 Roscommon 1-10.
Roscommon actually started the better but a succession of wide’s over the first seven minutes were to prove costly as Tipp gradually eased their way into the game. With just ten minutes on the clock Tipp lead by a mere 2 points to 1 with Roscommon’s point coming from a Natalie McHugh free. But then as if someone had annoyed them or something Tipperary went on a terrific scoring spree which the home side had no answer too. Points from Shauna quirke (3), Gillan O Brien (3), Aisling McCarty (2) and Sarah Everard (1) saw them by the 20th minute lead very impressively 0-10 to 0-1. Roscommon were rattled but to their credit they kept plugging away and two more points from McHugh reduced the deficit to seven. For the remaining six minutes of the half both sides traded two points each, Roscommon’s coming again from the boot of the impressive McHugh, Tipp’s coming from McCarty again and Edith Carroll to leave the visitors in a commanding half time lead of 0-12 to 0-5.
The second half was a more tighter affair with Roscommon giving as good as they got but unfortunately Tipp were just able to keep the home side at a safe enough distance by ticking over the points. In fact Roscommon never got any nearer than six points of the premier girls lead. Nonetheless you would have to admire their guts and never give up attitude. The home side made a number of changes in the second half which did help, most notably the introduction of Rachael Fitzmaurice and Sinead Farrell injected some much needed pace into the forward line. Again Roscommon were wasteful in front of goal but did at least begin to tick over a few points from McHugh (2) and Fitzmaurice (1) in reply to Tipp’s five from Mairead Morrissey (3) and McCarty (2). Then midway through the half Roscommon got some reward for their endeavour when McHugh goaled from the penalty spot after sub Shelia Brady was fouled to leave six between the sides. However as stated the (Roscommon) were unable to capitalize on this momentum as Tipp continued to get the points and both teams traded point for point until the end of the game to leave the final score line Tipperary 0-21 Roscommon 1-10. Roscommon’s last two points coming from Aoife Beads and Laura Fleming.
Key Moment: while there was no individual key moment probably the most critical passage of play was Tipp’s unanswered six points from the fifth to the twentieth minute.
Player of the match: Natalie McHugh, McHugh was a constant Thorne in Tipp’s side and her personal tally of 1-7 kept her side in the game. Also for Roscommon keeper Roddy had a fine game with impacts from Fitzmaurice and Farrell were crucial. On the Tipp side outstanding performances were had by McCarty, Morrissey and O Brien.
Next up for the Roscommon girls is a very crucial away fixture against Meath in two weeks’ time 19th February. Then its home to Down on the 25th February, then it is two away fixtures to Leitrim on the 18th March and Limerick on the 26th March, before finally wrapping up the group by facing Wexford at home on the 2nd April.
Roscommon: 1. Karin Roddy Western Gaels, 2. Caroline Gunning Oran, 3. Bronagh McHugh Strokestown, 4. Honor Ennis St Ciaran’s 5. Aisling MacAuliffe Strokestown, 6. Amanda McLoone St Faithleach’s, 7. Sinéad Kenny St Croan’s, 8. Joanne Cregg, Michael Glavey’s, 9. Laura Fleming (0-1) St Ciaran’s, 10. Rachel Brady Tulsk, 11. Gillian Dufficy, Tulsk, 12. Jenny Higgins Western Gaels, 13. Rebecca Finan Éire Óg, 14. Natalie McHugh (1-7) Kilglass Gaels, 15. Caoilionn Beirne Tulsk, Subs used: Tara Taylor Kilbride, for Bronagh McHugh (25mins) Rachael Fitzmaurice (0-1) St Ciarans for Dufficy (39mins), Sheila Brady Michael Glavey’s for Finan, (40mins). Sinead Farrell Clann nA nGael for Brady (45mins), Aoife Beads St Ciarans (0-1) for Higgans (58mins), Rachael Corcacan St Dominics for Gunning (58mins).