Mayo 4-2 Roscommon 3-2
There was a minutes silence before the Under 16C All Ireland Camogie Championship game between Mayo and Roscommon in honour of Swinford Garda Robert McCallion who died tragically during the week.
The game played in Tooreen between these local rivals was played at a high pace from the off. Roscommon got off to a great start with goals from Ciara Kelly and Kathy Dervan and were dominating with roving corner forward Niamh Watson causing havoc in the Mayo defence. Mayo steadied the ship after 10 minutes with some attacks of their own and were rewarded with a point from Ashling Kenny after some good build up play from Rona Burke and Mairead Charlton.
Both defences got on top at this stage and tight marking and feverish tackling meant little time on the ball for anyone hoping to score. Roscommon did manage 2 more points from Ciara Kelly and Niamh Watson before the break, but Mayo’s hard work was rewarded when shortly before the interval Niamh Cunnane got in for another goal keeping Mayo in touch but trailing by double scores at the break, 2-2 to 1-1.
After the restart the Mayo girls had a renewed belief and laid siege to the Roscommon goal. The loss of Roscommon defender Orla Gately through injury unsettled the visitors and they could not deal with the many passing movements the Mayo girls put together. Niamh Cunnane was again causing problems for the Roscommon defence and she scored 2 goals in quick succession followed by a long range point from Aoife Cassidy.
Ashling Tarpey who, fresh from her victory at the North Galway Skills competition on Friday, also scored a good point despite tight Roscommon marking. This left the score 4-2 to 2-2 in favour of Mayo with 15 minutes remaining but the Roscommon girls to their credit didn’t give up and took advantage of a tiring Mayo side to mount some strong attacks on the Mayo goal.
Their work was rewarded with an excellent goal from a free scored by Ciara Kelly. Roscommon felt they could draw level with minutes remaining but Mayo’s defence stood strong and the Mayo Girls held out for a famous victory. A win which is all the more impressive as all the girls on the Mayo team are from local club Na BrÝdeoga.
The victory means Mayo have qualified in their first year in the competition for an All Ireland semi final which will be played on April 25th at a venue to be decided.
Best for Mayo on the day were backs Aoife McHugh, Rona Burke and Mairead Charlton, Aoife Cassidy and Ashling Kenny in Midfield and Ashling Tarpey, Niamh Cunnane, Aoife Brennan in attack.
Roscommons best players were Ciara Brennan, Edel Treacy, Ciara Kelly and Niamh Watson.
Mayo: -ine Lilly, Eilis Harrison, Lisa O’Connell, Rebecca Cleary, Rona Burke, Mairead Charlton, Aoife McHugh, Sharon Lynskey, Aoife Cassidy, Aoife Brennan, Ashling Kenny, Ashling Tarpey, Rebecca McGowan, Niamh Cunnane, Clodagh Sloyan, Amy Govin, Noreen Cassidy, Sonia Henry, Aoife Lilly, Shauna Morley.
Roscommon: Marie Carty, Chloe Clogher, Stephanie Kiernan, Ciara Brennan, Naimh Ryan, Orla Gately, Maeve Brennan, Edel Tracey, Caroline Dowling, Gillian Dufficy, Ciara Kelly, Caroline Gunning, Sahuna Keenan, Cathy Dervan, NAimh Watson, Shauna Cullen, Laura Fleming, Lorna Dowd, Mairead Mulry, Emma Jones, Laura Doyle, Ashling Byrne, Michela Craven, Aoife McNeil, Ciara Owens, Kirsty Mee, Mary Grehan, Nuala Gunning, Shauna Mulry, Rebecca Comiskey.
Scorers: Mayo: N.Cunnane 3-0, A.Tarpey1-0, A. Kenny 0-1, A. Cassidy 0-1
Roscommon: C. Kelly 2-1, K. Durcan 1-0, N. Watson 0-1.