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Roscommon and Antrim book Division 4 final date

Updated: Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 20:12 | Comments

Antrim will play Roscommon in the final. Pic: Twitter @AntrimLadiesGAA
Antrim will play Roscommon in the final. Pic: Twitter @AntrimLadiesGAA

Roscommon and Antrim will battle it out for promotion when the two counties contest the Tesco Homegrown Ladies National Football League Division 4 final on May 3.

Roscommon hammered Wicklow by 3-22 to 1-5 at St Loman’s in Mullingar while Antrim scored a 4-12 to 0-10 victory over Limerick at St Peregrine’s in Dublin.

Antrim played with the wind in the first half and got off to the ideal start when Kirsty McGuinness netted within three minutes.

Limerick didn’t register their opening score until the 17th minute, when Marie Curtin pointed, and the Shannonsiders were playing catch-up by half-time as they trailed by 0-2 to 1-7.

But Limerick did mount a spirited fightback in the second half, led by Niamh Richardson, Megan O’Shea, Stephanie Carroll, Megan Kelleher and Curtin.

At one stage in the second half, the gap was back to four points but seven minutes from time, Hannah Doherty goaled for Antrim and that made the game safe for the Saffrons.

Antrim pulled away in stoppage time and further goals from Rachel Fulton and Mairead Cooper added a slightly flattering gloss to the final scoreline.

Meanwhile, Roscommon led from start to finish as they inflicted a heavy defeat on Wicklow.

With ten minutes on the watch, the Rossies led by 0-4 to 0-0 and a goal from Jenny Higgins helped to establish a 1-6 to 0-0 advantage.

Roscommon piled on the misery on Wicklow when Emer Callaghan netted a penalty and at half-time, the winners were 2-13 to 1-1 clear and on their way to the final.

Martina Freyne scored Roscommon’s third goal early in the second half and by full-time, a comprehensive 23-point victory was secured.

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