Roscommon v Leitrim - the game at a glance
Man of the match
Published 19/05/2014 | 02:30
Kevin Higgins (Roscommon).
Senan Kilbride was a serious contender before his departure, but Western Gaels midfielder Higgins was immense throughout, breaking a huge amount of ball and also scoring 0-3 from play.
There really wasn't any huge pivotal moment as Roscommon never looked in danger but Ronan Stack's goal on the stroke of half-time gave them an unassailable 10-point lead.
The way the Rossies took their foot off the pedal and let Leitrim outscore them after the break to cut the gap to five before rallying with three late points. That wouldn't do against Mayo.
Two long-range points in a row from Senan Kilbride in the 17th minute had the crowd gasping with delight, especially as he hit the first with his left and the second with his right.
Roscommon fans felt that Cork ref Ger Lane didn't do them any favours but there were no major incidents and he correctly judged the only card.
WHAT THEY SAID
John Evans (Roscommon manager):
"Any day you put up 1-18 you have to be happy. Fair play to Leitrim they didn't lie down – we did what we had to do, particularly in the first half."
Sean Hagan (Leitrim manager):
"They scored 1-2 in (first-half) injury-time and that cost us the game."
ROSCOMMON 7 (4 FIRST HALF)
LEITRIM 10 (3).
Roscommon 16 (9)
Leitrim 22 (13)
Leitrim 1 (D Sweeney, 28)
Roscommon play Mayo in the Connacht semi-final in the Hyde on June 8, while Leitrim head to the first round of the qualifiers.