Saturday, 30 August 2014

STAT Attack!

Man of the Match: Michael Finneran (Roscommon)

There were super performances from many of the Roscommon players. Seanie McDermott was outstanding, especially in the first half, and Niall Carty had a super game at full-back. Donal Ward was also in superb form in the half-back line. Up front Senan Kilbride was fantastic and his score-taking and ability to win the ball is phenomenal. Kevin Higgins was also prominent as were Senan O’Grady and Cathal Cregg. Donie Shine and Conor Devanney took their goals brilliantly. But Michael Finneran is my choice after turning in another brilliant display at midfield and he is certainly Roscommon’s most improved player.

Scores from play: Roscommon 2-10, Leitrim 0-4

Wides: Roscommon 8, Leitrim 9


Crowd Watch:The official attendance was given as 13,567, but if that was actually the case then Carrick would hold 25,000 (as it was little more than half-full). I would say the crowd was in the region of 8/9000 which is still a healthy attendance on a very bad day weather-wise. There was a reasonable atmosphere but the game was over as a contest long before the final whistle.

Pitch Condition: Excellent

Entertainment Value: A very one sided game but Roscommon got some super scores. 

Referee Watch:  Pat McEneaney showed why he is the best referee in the game. He gets on with things. There was no fuss, no needless yellow cards. A super display from the Monaghan man. 

Talking Point: One of the easiest wins for Roscommon against Leitrim in the history of the fixture and the result is a home Connacht final for the first time in 10 years (on July 17th).