Roscommon register first points as last-gasp Keenan foils Louth
WITHOUT a win from four, Roscommon finally opened their account against an out-of-sorts Louth, who missed a chance to join Antrim at the top of the table.
Fergal O'Donnell's side arrived in Drogheda knowing a defeat would surely mean bottom tier football next season, but with Donal Shine in fine form, the Rossies ground out a vital victory.
They didn't make a great start, though, as Louth eased into three- point lead by the end of the first quarter. Roscommon slowly found their range with Enda Kenny, Paul Garvey and Shine drawing them level at half time, 0-6 apiece.
Four points without reply from the visitors after the resumption, put them firmly in the driving seat. However, Louth didn't relent and Shane Lennon pointed, before sending Mark Brennan clear to net the only goal of the game to level matters again. But Rossies' substitute David Keenan grabbed the winner in the last minute.
SCORERS -- Roscommon: D Shine 0-5 (3f), P Garvey (1f), E Kenny 0-2 each, T Kelly, D Keenan, M O'Carroll, C Cregg 0-1 each. Louth: S Lennon 0-3, M Brennan 1-0, A Hoey (2f), A McDonnell 0-2 each, B White (f), D Crilly 0-1 each.
ROSCOMMON -- G Claffey; S McDermott, M Killelea, S Ormsby; S Purcell, C Cregg, P Domican; M O'Carroll, E Kenny; P Garvey, D Shine, B Higgins; J Rogers. K Higgins, G Henaghan. Subs: T Kelly for B Higgins (32), D Hussey for Henaghan (h/t), J Nolan for Killelea (49), D Keenan for Rogers (32).
LOUTH -- N Gallagher; D Byrne, D Finnegan, J O'Brien; S Fitzpatrick, M Fanning, R Greene; D Crilly, B White; D Maguire, M Brennan, A McDonnell; A Hoey, JP Rooney, S Lennon. Subs: L Shevlin for Byrne (34), C Judge for Rooney (42), S O'Neill for Maguire (47), A Reid for Hoey (61).
REF -- S Carroll (Westmeath).