Mayo have strong opening fixture in Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues

Mayo’s first outing in the Littlewoods Division 4 Camogie Leagues began at a rain-soaked Ballyforan GAA pitch, Saturday afternoon last. After considerable absence from the adult inter county scene, Mayo will come away from this tie with valuable experience gained and a platform from which to build.

Mayo’s Ava Lambert

Despite the difficult conditions the first half was played at a blistering pace. The opening score came courtesy of Mayo’s Lisa Scahill after just 3 minutes of play. The early exchanges saw Mayo run at the Roscommon defence with a real sense of purpose.

A well taken free from Meabh Delaney left Mayo 1.1 to 0.0 up after just 5 minutes of play. Roscommon who reached the semi final stage of last year’s Premier Junior Competition were made to work hard for their opening scores. A strong defensive display from Mayo saw them reach the break with a deserving 2.2 to 1.4 lead.

Roscommon’s experience came to the fore in the third quarter however. Their dominance during this period led to an unanswered 1.4 before the final water break.

Mayo’s Mairead Mooney chasing down a ball against Roscommon’s Aine O’Meara

To their credit, Mayo managed to regroup for the final minutes of the game and forced Roscommon to earn their victory.

Mayo will take many positives from this their opening game in the Littlewoods Camogie Leagues. In what was a hugely encouraging performance, they will have gained valuable experience before next Saturday’s game V Kildare.

Mayo’s Aoife Doherty

Mayo: Aoibheann Crawley, Rachel Lyons, Aoife Doherty, Grainne Delaney, Shauna Golden, Ava Lambert, Mairead Charlton, Meabh Delaney (1-2), Erin Murray, Mairead Mooney, Orna Hession, Aine Charlton, Aoife Lilly, Lisa Scahill (1-0), Ciara Delaney

Substitutes: 2nd Half – Amy Mulkeen on for Mairead Charlton (’47); Emily Kelly on for Mairead Mooney (’54); Roisin Cassidy on for Aoife Lilly (’56); Hanah Tener on for Orna Hession (’60).

Final score Mayo 2.2 Roscommon 2.11

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