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Roscommon v Leitrim - the game at a glance

Man of the match

Published 19/05/2014 | 02:30

Kevin Higgins (Roscommon).

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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.

TURNING POINT

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.

TALKING POINT

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.

MAGIC MOMENT

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.

REF WATCH

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."

MATCH STATISTICS

WIDES

ROSCOMMON 7 (4 FIRST HALF)

LEITRIM 10 (3).

Frees

Roscommon 16 (9)

Leitrim 22 (13)

Black Cards

Roscommon 0

Leitrim 1 (D Sweeney, 28)

Yellow Cards

Roscommon 0

Leitrim 0

Red Cards

Roscommon 0

Leitrim 0

WHAT'S NEXT

Roscommon play Mayo in the Connacht semi-final in the Hyde on June 8, while Leitrim head to the first round of the qualifiers.

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