Leitrim suffered a second heavy defeat in the John Miller Connacht Ladies Minor last Saturday when they travelled to Strokestown to take on neighbours Roscommon.
The Leitrim team was changed from there encounter with Galway the previous weekend with regular keeper Kate Byrne back between the posts and Shauna McLoughlin moving out to her centre half back position.
Leitrim were slow to settle into the game and Roscommon quickly built up scores in the first 20 minutes of the game with a lead of 2-7 to Leitrim’s two points but just before half time Leitrim were given a boost with Ann Marie Gallagher scoring a goal from a lovely pass from Shauna McLoughlin.
The teams went in at half time with the scorline reading Leitrim 1-2 Roscommon 2-10 but Roscommon opened the second half and continued on winning ways despite the best efforts of the Leitrim team.
The management team made changes with Claire Rowley moving into the back line and Grainne O’Malley into the forwards.
Keeper Kate Byrne had a tough time between the posts but made some excellent saves. Roscommon’s centre forward Caoileen Beirne along with her team mates Gillian Dufficey and Caroline Gunning kept the Leitrim back line very busy. A late rally from Leitrim’s Shauna Clancy scoring a point and Grainne O’Malley Scoring a goal was not enough to close the gap between the sides and the final Scoreline was Roscommon 2-21 Leitrim 2-3.
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