Thursday 20 June 2019

All-rounder Róisín aiming to shoot lights out

TALENT: Róisín in action for Foxrock. Pic: Sportsfile
TALENT: Róisín in action for Foxrock. Pic: Sportsfile

There's a humility to Róisín McGovern. She carries her deeds lightly.

She has a packed sports-bag between the Gaelic football and the soccer.

This Saturday she'll be making her way with her Foxrock Cabinteely team-mates to Parnell Park for the All-Ireland Senior Club Championship final.

The Dublin side will play Cork's Mourneabbey. Neither club has lifted the Dolores Tyrrell Cup.

The game will throw-in at 5.15. It will be followed by the All-Ireland Intermediate Club Championship final between Clontarf and Monaghan's Emmet Óg (KO 7.30).

Róisín is looking forward to running out under the lights.

"I have never experienced an All-Ireland final before, but the girls say it's special, and hopefully it will go well for us on the night," she said.

She plays soccer in the Women's National League with UCD Waves. And also for the Irish uner-19s. It leads to a busy schedule.

"I played both games from a young age and I think they complement each other," McGovern explained.

Sometimes, a little bit of juggling has to be done, as Foxrock manager, Pat Ring revealed.

"She has her soccer commitments, so we have to try and balance that as best we can. We speak to her parents regularly and Róisín has been very good to us.

"She played U-14 and U-16 for Dublin, but she decided not to play Minor this year because it would have interfered too much with her soccer.

"We got the benefit of that because Róisín was then able to play some club games for us.

"She's a marvellous athlete. She's a central defender in soccer but she plays full-forward for us."

Róisín's composure and eye for the net secured Foxrock Cabinteely's ticket to Donnycarney.

Their semi-final against Monaghan's Donaghmoyne was in its last seconds in Bray when the teams were level.

But, in a sparkling move, the ball was worked forward with patience and skill and it was Róisín who provided the dream topping. It was the most dramatic of match-winning goals.

"It was great work by the team," recalls Róisín.

"There was some brilliant hand passing involved in the build-up. Hannah (O'Neill) made the key pass and thankfully I managed to get the goal."

Hannah struck a picture goal in the Leinster final against Sarsfields of Laois in Kinnegad. Cutting in from the right and curling her shot like the Blue Panther to the far corner.

She hands off the praise though. "It's nice to score the goals but the chances only come because of the work of the team.

"We are like a family. There's no difference with the younger players or the older players.

"We are all the same. We are a team. A great team."

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