Leitrim Ladies made hard work of their final game of this year’s Bord Gáis Energy National Women’s Football League Division 3 on Sunday afternoon at Dr Hyde Park, as they overcame Roscommon by 2-11 to 1-9.
By David Goulden
With progression to the semi-final of their division already assured, Niall Kilcrann’s side narrowly defeated their neighbours with yet another magnificent display from Kiltubrid’s Aine Tighe, who kicked eight points along with a goal a piece from Drumkeerin’s Shauna Clancy and Ballinamore’s Laura O’Dowd.
Leitrim came into this tie having won five out of six in Division 3 while Roscommon have failed to win any of their six games this year.
Both teams exchanged wides in the opening two minutes as Ballinameen midfielder Eimear Casey miss-judged the angle of the posts before Dromahair’s Erin Farrell saw her shot from distance drag to the right of goal.
After failing to score on their first attempt, Leitrim made no such mistake with their second three minutes in, as Shauna Clancy fired home from close range to give Leitrim a three point lead, after Kiara Keegan was unlucky to see her shot cannon back off the the crossbar.
The home side had their own problems with the woodwork soon after, when Kilglass Gaels’ Natalie McHugh found Eimear Casey in a promising position but Casey couldn’t keep her shot down, the shot rifling back of the crossbar.
The next score went Roscommon’s way in the 12th minute. Midfielder Jenny Higgins supplied Eimear Casey, who drove the ball over Michelle Guickan’s crossbar to leave two points between the sides.
Leitrim began to up their game and three minutes later they went four points clear courtesy of scores from Aine Tighe and Deirdre Ward before Sharon Ryan and Amy King replied for the Rossies to leave two scores between the teams.
Despite Leitrim’s lead, Roscommon always looked dangerous and they made the away side sweat on 18 minutes when Eimear Casey converted a 40 metre free to leave Leitrim with the slenderest of leads.
Aine Tighe’s kicking has been nothing but top class this season and she restored the three point lead on 23 and 27 minutes respectively with two points from close range.
A minute before the break, Eimear Casey scored one of the points of the game when she was found in space by Emma Compton. Casey’s belter from a narrow angle to the right flying over the Leitrim crossbar to leave two points between the teams at the interval, Leitrim leading 1-4 to 0-5.
To read the full report see this week’s Leitrim Observer.