Kepak Roscommon SHC Round 1 (Group A): Four Roads 1-14 St Dominic’s 1-14; Padraig Pearses 3-20 Oran 1-11
Kepak Roscommon SHC Round 1 (Group B): Tremane 2-22 Roscommon Gaels 1-7
Padraig Pearses edge out St. Dominic’s for this accolade. It took Shane Sweeney’s men a while to get going against Oran, but when they did they looked mightily impressive. The return of Daniel Glynn is a huge boost to them and while he was a little rusty after such a long absence, he will be vital for them later in this championship. The form of Oisin Kelly, Cathal Kelly and Luke Corbett will also be a source of optimism for Pearses going forward. On the evidence of this display they are definite contenders for the title. As for Oran, they are too reliant on Jerry Fallon for scores and are struggling up front.
St Dominic’s did everything in their power not to win against Four Roads as they were the better team for most of the game in Ballyforan. Too many wides/missed chances cost them dearly. That the champions chiselled out a draw in the circumstances says a lot about their resilience, but you can be certain that they will respond positively to this wake-up call.
Dominic’s – who were without Naos Connaughton – looked well prepared, and Mickey Joe Egan, Tommy Doyle, Ronan Kilcline and Jack Lohan all stood out for them. The key game now will be the clash of Dominic’s and Oran. On the evidence of the weekend’s action St. Dominic’s will be the favourites to win that one. Four Roads will know they will have to improve but will be delighted to have escaped from this match with a draw
Tremane easily dealt with the challenge offered by a very young Roscommon Gaels outfit, who are destined to struggle in the championship again this year. The Gaels were competitive in the opening quarter but once John Brennan and Mike Kellehan got going for Tremane, they pulled away and won easily. Athleague had a bye.