Rossies rampant in Bronx
New York 1-11
ROSCOMMON had a timely return to form in New York last night as the Connacht champions began the defence of their title impressively in the Bronx.
Goals from Kevin Higgins, Senan Kilbride and Cathal Cregg more than made amends for last week's disappointing loss to Longford in the Division 4 final.
Michael Finneran opened the scoring with a point inside the opening 20 seconds and Kilbride quickly added a second.
Donie Shine, atoning for a poor league final, extended the lead -- he went on to record 0-6 before being injured early in the second half.
Despite Dan Doona getting the hosts off the mark in the seventh minute, the Rossies surged ahead with points from Higgins, Conor Devanney and Shine before Higgins punched a 20th-minute goal after a pass from Kilbride, who then made it 2-8 to 0-1.
The hosts enjoyed a mini revival, but it was 2-10 to 0-6 at the break and the visitors were looking comfortable.
Although Roscommon took their foot off the pedal in the second half, they pulled away with a string of outstanding points, including a point each from subs Enda Kenny and Seamus O'Neill.
CJ Molloy grabbed a brace of points for New York and Kenny O'Connor netted a consolation goal.
SCORERS -- Roscommon: D Shine 0-6 (1f, 1 '45'), S Kilbride 1-3 (1f), K Higgins, C Cregg 1-1 each, 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 0-4f, K O'Connor 1-1, J Kelly (1f, 1 '45'), CJ Molloy (1f) 0-2 each, 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 (58), S O'Neill for C Devanney (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), K Smith for S Harold (h-t), F Cleary for D Doona (48), D O'Boyle for P Madden (62).
Ref -- P McEnaney (Monaghan).
- WESTMEATH Ladies' thoughts are turning towards the championship following Saturday's historic 1-11 to 2-6 NFL Division 4 success over Roscommon.
- Cork will play Tipperary for a place in the Munster MHC semi-finals after they overcame Kerry 0-25 to 2-6 in their play-off at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.