Roscommon ease fears over Shine injury
Roscommon star Donie Shine will be fit to for the county's Connacht semi-final against either Leitrim or Sligo on June 12, despite being forced off during Sunday's Connacht championship victory over New York.
The Clan na Gael clubman had six points to his credit when he was forced off early in the second half after a heavy collision with a New York player, but Roscommon chairman Michael Fahy confirmed that the injury wasn't as serious as first feared.
"Donie is fine," Fahy said. "He got a bang on the mouth, but he's okay. He was taken off as a precaution."
After their listless Allianz League Division 4 final defeat to Longford at Croke Park just a week earlier, Roscommon started strongly as they raced into a 2-10 to 0-6 lead at the break, with Kevin Higgins and Senan Kilbride finding the net for Fergal O'Donnell's men.
And there was more of the same after the break with Cathal Cregg bagging Roscommon's third goal of the day, while substitutes Enda Kenny and Seamus O'Neill heaped more misery on the Exiles with booming late points, with 12 different players getting on the scoresheet.
However, the hosts kept trying until the end and Kenny O'Connor found the net late on, but it wasn't enough as Roscommon took a small step towards retaining their title.
SCORERS -- Roscommon: D Shine 0-6 (1f, 1 '45'), K Higgins 1-1, S Kilbride 1-3 (1f), C Cregg 1-1, C Devanney 0-3, I Kilbride, M Finneran, E Kenny, D Ward, P Domican, K Mannion, S O'Neill 0-1 each. New York: D Doona 0-4 (4f), K O'Connor 1-1, J Kelly 0-2 (1f, 1 '45'), CJ Molloy 0-2 (1f), S Harold, F Cleary 0-1 each.
ROSCOMMON -- G Claffey; S McDermott, P Domican (capt), N Carty; D Ward, D Keenan, I Kilroy; M Finneran, K Mannion; C Devanney, K Higgins, C Cregg; S O'Grady, S Kilbride, D Shine. Subs: E Kenny for Shine (37), S Purcell for D Ward, S O'Neill for C Devanney (both 58), G Henegan for C Cregg (62), S Ormsby for S Kilbride (66).
NEW YORK -- A Hearty; P Lambe, R Stafford, R McGinley; J Goldrick, B McGourty, A Power; P Madden, S Harold; J Kelly, A O'Connor, K Walsh; D Doona (capt), CJ Molloy, K O'Connor. Subs: MJ Fitzgerald for J Goldrick (20), S Toner for K Walsh (28 mins), K Smith for S Harold (h-t), F Cleary for D Doona (48), D O'Boyle for P Madden (62).
REF -- P McEnaney (Monaghan).