Roscommon turned in a powerful second half performance to overwhelm Galway and thus retain the Connacht minor league title, which they also won in 2011. It means that Roscommon went through this league campaign unbeaten and the win will be a tonic as manager Gareth Carroll turns his attentions to the Connacht championship and a first round clash against Leitrim.
Roscommon actually started this game well and points from Diarmuid Murtagh (2) and Ciaran Casserly opened up an early three-point lead, but after that it was all Galway. Points from Gary Kelly (3) and Jason Lyons saw the Tribesmen take the lead by the 12th minute before a Ruardhi Mc Manus free levelled the scores again in the 16th minute.
But Galway took over after that and points from Gary Kelly (2), Sean Hughes, Johnny Heaney, and Barry Mc Hugh saw Galway ahead by five points and although Cathal Compton scored a Roscommon point in injury time it was looking bad for the home side.
But there was an incredible transformation in the second half and points from Diarmuid Murtagh (2) Brian Fannon and Ruardhi Mc Manus saw the sides level by the 12th minute. Then the sides swapped points and with ten to go there was nothing between the sides.
Ultan Harney nudged Roscommon ahead with a great team score and then with four minutes to go Cathal Compton was again on target to put his side two clear. With two minutes to go Roscommon sealed their victory when Ciaran Kilcline passed to Kevin Finn and the Strokestown player blasted to the Galway net to seal an excellent victory and start off a very good evening for Roscommon underage football at Dr Hyde Park.
Roscommon: N Connaughton; C Brady S Flynn O Hannon; N Mc Inerney T Mc Kenna R Daly; U Harney (0-1) C Hussey; C Casserly (0-1) R Mc Manus (0-4) K Finn(1-0); D Murtagh (0-4) D Petit B Fannon (0-1). Subs used: C Compton (0-2) for Petit, l Kilcline for Hannon, C Kilcline for Casserley, P Kenny for Finn, R Mc Gowan for Harney.
Referee: J Henry (Mayo)
Issue dated: 13 April 2012
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