Allianz National Hurling League Division 3A (Round 2)
Roscommon’s unbeaten start to the new league season in Division 3A continued at Dr. Hyde Park last Sunday when they had ten points to spare against a game but very limited Monaghan side.
Roscommon were never in trouble and were very impressive in the opening half in particular. But it must also be remembered that Monaghan were short over a dozen Castleblayney players who will play in the All-Ireland junior club semi-final this coming weekend.
Roscommon were always in control, and with Shane Curley accurate from frees, the scores quickly built up. The home side led by 0-5 to 0-1 after 12 minutes, and when Cillian Egan got in for a goal after 17 minutes Roscommon led by 1-6 to 0-2. A magnificent sideline cut from Curley and a point from Mike Keelehan saw the home side nine points to the good and even at that stage the game was over as a contest.
The final 10 minutes of the opening half belonged to Padraig Kelly as the dual player knocked over four top quality points from play and by half-time Ciaran Comerford’s men led by 1-13 to 0-6.
Monaghan did reduce the margin to seven points a couple of times in the second half but Roscommon were always able to keep them at arm’s length with Kelly, Curley and Cathal Dolan scoring some fine points.
It was a good win but there are far bigger fish to fry in this division later on, but points in the bag is what it’s all about and two wins out of two is a great start. Alan Moore, Conor Coyle, Shane Curley, Cathal Dolan and Padraig Kelly were prominent on the day for Roscommon who now have a weekend off until their next game.
Roscommon: Noel Fallon; Alan Moore, Pat Nolan, Hugh Rooney; Jack Donnelly, Eamon Flanagan, Conor Coyle; Shane Curley (0-3, 3 frees), Darragh Heavey (0-1); Cathal Dolan (0-7, 6 frees), Mike Kellehan (0-1), Padraig Kelly (0-6); Gearoid Egan, John Murray, Cillian Egan (1-2). Subs: Paul Kenny (0-1) for G Egan (51), Conor Coyle for Flanagan (71).
Monaghan: Niall Butler; Gareth Brennan, Jamie Guinan, Pearse McKenna; Trevor Hilliard (0-1), Eamon Collins (0-1, 1 free), Conor McKenna (0-1); Conor Geonon, Kevin Crowley; Cathal Power (0-1), Padraig McGahon (0-2, 1 free), Nathan Farrell; Shane McNally, Tadgh Campbell, Stephen Lambe (0-8, 7 frees). Subs: Cathal McAnespie for Farrell (29), Patrick Birmingham for McNally, Emmett Walsh for Power, Dylan Mulholland for P McKenna (all 63).
Referee: James Connors (Donegal)