Alice Kelly’s goal against Meath at Dr. Hyde Park earlier this year was named as the Goal of the Year at the TG4 Ladies Football All Star awards on Saturday night. The Roscommon wing-forward collected her award at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin alongside the 15 All Stars and the various Player of the Year winners.
The Kilbride player was nominated alongside Caitriona Cormican (Galway), Niamh Hughes (Tyrone), Áine O’Sullivan (Cork) and Nicole Owens (Dublin). Following a poll on the TG4 website, her second-half strike during the team’s championship semi-final defeat against the Royal County was deemed the best of the year.
“It’s brilliant to even be nominated, so to win and to be able to be here and represent Roscommon is fantastic,” she said at the ceremony.
“It was bittersweet. It didn’t spark any big comeback on the day so that was of course a huge disappointment, but reaching a semi-final was an improvement on last year, and hopefully next year we’ll be able to go one step further again,” she continued.
Kelly confirmed that preparations for the 2019 season, under the guidance of manager Michael Finneran, are already underway and that she’s confident that the team can continue to make forward progress, aided by the injection of a number of players from the minor panel that reached an All-Ireland B decider this summer.
“Winning the Connacht title is a huge achievement. It was a great breakthrough for Roscommon and something that meant a lot to us. There’s real determination in the group to do the double and retain that title next year.
“It’s looking good for next year. We’ve already met up and we’ve the same management team from last year on board and that’s a real positive. They know all the girls, we’ve some fresh talent coming in as well, so we’re looking forward to it,” she concluded.