Cregg and Oates get Rossies boss Evans off the mark
Scott Oates and Fintan Cregg gave John Evans his first win as Roscommon boss against a porous GMIT at Strokestown – kicking 0-6 each.
The damage was done in the opening half as Roscommon ran riot. Early scores from Fintan Cregg, Matt Scally and Donie Shine – who went off injured after 11 minutes – sent Evans' charges on their way. Shine's replacement David O'Gara grabbed a 21st-minute goal when he took possession off the excellent Cathal Cregg and hit an unstoppable shot beyond GMIT goalkeeper Brendan Walsh.
The students restored some pride when Eric Monahan sneaked in behind the Roscommon defence to fire home a 28th-minute goal.
But leading by 1-13 to 1-2 at the break, Roscommon kicked on once more in the final 15 minutes and three points from the impressive Oates alongside Fintan Cregg and Cathal Cregg points capped the win.
SCORERS – Roscommon: S Oates, F Cregg (3f) 0-6 each, C Cregg 0-4 (1f), D O'Gara 1-0, M Scally 0-2, N Collins, D Shine (1f) 0-1 each. GMIT: E Monahan 1-0, J Ryan 0-2 (1f), D Durkan, J Duane 0-1 each.
ROSCOMMON – G Claffey; S McDermott, N Carty, P Gleeson; N Collins, J Connaughton, D Keenan; M Finneran, K Higgins; D Hoey, F Cregg, M Scally; S Oates, D Shine, C Cregg. Subs: D O'Gara for Shine (11), P Brogan for Collins (h-t), D Keane for Scally (39), J O'Gara for Higgins (46), J McKeague for Keenan (55).
GMIT – B Walsh; M Kelly, A McCormack, B Sheridan; C Sweeney, J Duane, R Shanahan; S Tighe, S Boyle; S Bohan, J Ryan, B Miskell; T King, D Durkan, E Monahan. Subs: A Walsh for Tighe (h-t), E Ward for Boyle (h-t), F Durkan for Miskell (44), P McNicholas for Shanhan (57), S McWeeney for King (57).
REF – G Foley (Leitrim).