There was heartbreak for the Roscommon U-16 camogie team when a Westmeath goal with just two minutes remaining saw the midlanders claim a dramatic 1-1 to 0-3 victory in this afternoon’s All-Ireland C final at Birr.
Two evenly-matched teams fought tooth and nail for every possession, and inspired by Shauna McDermott and Anna Hussey alongside the introduction of Ava Mulry, Colm Kelly’s side looked like they had done enough when they led by 0-3 by 0-1 approaching injury time.
But when Holly Dowdall floated a dangerous ball into the Roscommon full-back line in the 58th minute, full-forward Niamh Keogh was on hand to finish the sliothar to the net.
It was cruel luck on a Roscommon side that had given everything for the cause and deserved to win the match but they found it extremely difficult to break down a resolute Westmeath defence.
The sides were deadlocked at 0-1 apiece until the 42nd minute when Ava Mulry marked her introduction with a point. When the Roscommon Gaels player added a free, it seemed that Roscommon were on the cusp of All-Ireland glory in a game where scores were extremely tough to come by.
But Keogh broke Roscommon’s hearts, and try as they might they couldn’t fashion an equaliser as the game ended in a welter of excitement in the Birr heat.
Roscommon scorers: Ava Mulry (0-2), Grace Jones (0-1).