Nancy Murray Cup – 3rd Round.
Roscommon made the long journey to the Gaelic Grounds,
Roscommon had their opening score of the half in the 5th minute, when Annette McGeeney raced through after a fine pass from Cait Kenny and hand passed the ball to the back of the net. From the puck out Roscommon gained possession in the half-forward line and Kelly Hopkins brought the teams level.
However, Armagh hit back in determined fashion and scored l goal 5 pts without reply from the 9th to the 20th minute – 2 pts from frees from Colette McSorley and 3 points from play from half forwards Joanne Mallon, Ciara Donnelly and Grainne Kelly and the goal coming once again from Colette McSorley. Roscommon stopped the rot in the 20th minute when Kelly Hopkins sent over a point from a free.
Roscommon were awarded a penalty in the 21st minute after Annette McGeeney was fouled. Annette had in fact scored a goal but the advantage was not allowed and the penalty was awarded. Kelly Hopkins took the penalty but sent the ball over the bar.
Roscommon centre-fielder, Patricia Lennon scored a fine point in the 26th minute but the final score of the first half came in the 28th minute of the half from a free for Armagh from Colette McSorley to leave the half-time score Armagh 2 goals 10 pts, Roscommon 2 goals 5 pts.
Straight from the throw in for the second half Niamh Coyle gained possession and passed to Annette McGeeney who raced through the Armagh defence but Annette was brought down by the
A slight breeze was assisting the Roscommon team in the 2nd half and the puck-outs from the
In the 8th minute of the new half Annette McGeeney scored a point from play and the teams drew level in the 9th minute when Kelly Hopkins sent over a fine point from play. From this to the end of the game Roscommon took complete control of the game and, in fact Armagh did not register their first score of the half until the 24th minute when right full-forward Paula Mallon sent over their first point.
Between the 9th and 23rd minute Roscommon had points from play from Claire Curley, Niamh Coyle, Annette McGeeney and Kelly Hopkins whilst Kelly Hopkins had a point from a free also. Annette McGeeney put 8 pts between the teams in the 23rd minute when she scored a fine goal after a fine pass from Sinead O’Brien.
Roscommon introduced Fiona Connell for Sinead O’Brien and Audrey Morris for Claire Curley in the 26th minute of the half. In the 27th minute of the half Sharon Finneran
During the 5 minutes of injury time no more scores ensued. On the day Roscommon put up a marvellous display against a team who played at a higher division than them in the league and all 18 players who played on the day have ensured that a place in the semi-final stages of the competition is that bit closer. The team’s next game is on Saturday next at a home venue at a time and venue to be decided against Westmeath.
Team & Scorers:-
Caroline Connaughton, Marie Glennon Kelly, Niamh Connolly, Caitriona Morris, Grainne Egan, Donna Kelly, (Captain),Catherine Rogerson, Patricia Lennon,( lpt.) Niamh Coyle,(1 pt.) Kelly Hopkins (1 goal 6pts.),Annette McGeeney (2 goals 4 pts.),Caitriona Regan, Claire Curley ( l pt.), Cait Kenny (l goal), Sinead O’Brien.
Subs: Fiona Connell for Sinead O’Brien, Audrey Morris for Claire Curley, Sharon Finneran for Caroline Connaughton,