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Roscommon win Connacht U-21 title following thriller in Tuam

Roscommon 3-14 Galway 3-11

Published 04/04/2015 | 20:58

4 April 2015; Roscommon players celebrate after their side's victory. EirGrid Connacht U21 Football Championship Final, Galway v Roscommon. Tuam Stadium, Tuam, Co. Galway. Picture credit: Ray Ryan / SPORTSFILE
4 April 2015; Roscommon players celebrate after their side's victory. EirGrid Connacht U21 Football Championship Final, Galway v Roscommon. Tuam Stadium, Tuam, Co. Galway. Picture credit: Ray Ryan / SPORTSFILE
4 April 2015; Roscommon brothers Paul and Cathal Kenny celebrate their side's victory over Galway in the Final. EirGrid Connacht U21 Football Championship Final, Galway v Roscommon. Tuam Stadium, Tuam, Co. Galway. Picture credit: Ray Ryan / SPORTSFILE
4 April 2015; Roscommon players celebrate after their side's victory. EirGrid Connacht U21 Football Championship Final, Galway v Roscommon. Tuam Stadium, Tuam, Co. Galway. Picture credit: Ray Ryan / SPORTSFILE
4 April 2015; Roscommon joint captains Cathal Compton and Tadhg O'Rourke celebrate with the J.J. Fahy cup after beating Galway in the Final. EirGrid Connacht U21 Football Championship Final, Galway v Roscommon. Tuam Stadium, Tuam, Co. Galway. Picture credit: Ray Ryan / SPORTSFILE
4 April 2015; Roscommon players celebrate with the J.J .Fahy cup after beating Galway in the Final. EirGrid Connacht U21 Football Championship Final, Galway v Roscommon. Tuam Stadium, Tuam, Co. Galway. Picture credit: Ray Ryan / SPORTSFILE

Roscommon eventually came out on top to win the Connacht Under-21 title in a Tuam thriller this evening that served up six goals.

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It was Galway who roared out of the blocks with goals from Damien Comer and Enda Tierney putting them in the driving seat but plucky Roscommon, with Cathal Compton bagging a goal, bounced back to take a 1-10 to 2-06 lead into the break.

Both sides swapped the lead early in the second half before a Diarmuid Murtagh goal after 43 minutes meant it was advantage Roscommon.

Paul Kenny hit the Rossies' third goal before Eamon Brannigan scored the goal of the game but Roscommon held on to secure a fine win.

Galway: T O’Malley; A Nolan, J Wyndam, E Kerin; L Silke, C Cunningham, K Molloy (0-01); D Corbett, M Day; C Brady (0-03), J Heaney (0-01), E Tierney (1-01); E Brannigan (1-03), D Comer (1-02, 0-01 free), G Kelly.

Subs: M Farragher for Kelly (23), E Finnerty for Corbett (49), Paul Mannion for Brady (57), J Donnellan for Brannigan (60)

Roscommon: S Mannion; N McInerney, S Mullooly, D Barron; C Hussey, C Kenny, R Daly; C Compton (1-00), T O’Rourke; S Killoran (0-02), U Harney (0-03), J Earley (0-01); D Murtagh (1-07, 0-06 frees), P Kenny (1-00), E Smith .

Subs: E McGrath for Hussey (21), K Kilcline (0-01) for Killoran (35), N Gately for Earley (40), Thomas Corcoran for O’Rourke (24), D McGann for P Kenny (59)

Referee: Jerome Henry (Mayo).

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