Saturday, November 21, 2020

Roscommon forward Chloe Whyte-Lennon is tackled by Aine Finnegan and Rebecca Brady during Saturday’s semi-final against Athleague. Picture: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan




A devastating second-half performance from Cavan ensured more semi-final heartbreak for the Roscommon junior camogie team in the All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship as the recent Nancy Murray Cup winners prevailed by 13 points, 2-16 to 1-6, at Athleague on Saturday afternoon.

It was another sobering experience for Karol Collins’ side as they failed to take advantage of a dream start when Shauna Fallon gave the home side a dream start with a goal from a free inside 30 seconds.

By the midway mark, Cavan were level, 1-3 to 0-6, but the floodgates opened in the second half as Roscommon ran out of steam, and ideas.

Rachel Fitzmaurice grabbed Roscommon’s second-half points, all from play, but goals from Roisín O’Keeffe and Shanise Fitzsimons propelled Cavan into the final.

This is Cavan’s first year back playing adult camogie in six seasons, and the progress they’ve made in such a short space of time is remarkable.

However, with disruption to preparations because of Covid and players unwilling to make themselves available, Roscommon have endured another disappointing season.

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