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Roscommon Defeat Offaly in Opening Round Encounter!   31/01/2018

Roscommon and Offaly kicked off their opening division 3, league match at home to Offaly in St Brigids, outside Athlone. Despite the recent heavy rain, the match was played on a really solid surface, contributing to a very fast paced game.

Roscommon started very strong coming straight through the Offaly defence as the their two midfielders Jenny Higgins and Laura Fleming combined to stick the ball in the back of the net. As the match settled down, Offaly started getting to grips with the game as  Aoife Norris opened Offaly’s account with a nice point, set up by Ellie McEvoy. Emily Bailey then made a great run, with a pass into Clodagh McKeon, who laid it off to Mairead Daly to record Offaly’s second score in quick succession.

Roscommon put on another spate of scoring including a goal by Jenny Downey.Amy Gavin Mangan and Aoife Norris started taking control of the midfield, with a massive work rate upfront by Mairead Daly and Eillee McEvoy.  Mairead Daly rapped up Offaly’s first half scoring with a point just before half time. Roscommon then kicked the final point of the half with a free on the stroke of half time. The half time score line was 2-6 to Offaly’s 0-6 points.

Roscommon scored a couple of early goals in the 2nd half and as the game wore on, Offaly visibly tired, having played at a very high pace all through the match and now playing into  strong wind. The match finished  5-14 to Offaly’s 0-8 points.

Offaly;  1.Lauren Dunne, 2. Annie Kehoe, 3 Sarah Cummins, 4. Emer Nally, 5. Sarah Bracken, 17. Immelda Flemming, 7. Aoife Carey, 8. Aoife Norris, 9. Amy Gavin Mangan, 10. Mairead Daly (captain) 11. Emily Bailey, 12. Lisa Gorman, 13 Maebh Coleman, 14. Ellie McEvoy,  15. Clodagh McKeon

Roscommon; 1.Helena Cummins, 2. Amanda McLoone, 3 Rochelle Mullaney, 4. Rachel Brady, 5. Joanna Cregg, 6. Sinead Kenny Captain, 7. Roisin Wynne, 8. Jenny Higgins, 9. Laur Flemming, 10. Aisling McAuliffe 11. Jenny Downey, 12. Niamh Feeney, 13 Sheila Brady, 14. Rebecca Finan, 15. Rachel Fitzmaurice  

Report with thanks to Kate McCann Conway, Offaly LGFA PRO