Murphy makes mark for Roscommon
Roscommon 1-12 Monaghan 0-10
Adrian Murphy's first-half goal helped Roscommon see off Monaghan's stubborn challenge at Athleague.
Playing against a strong wind, Murphy profited from Gerry Fallon's good work to find the net in the 25th minute and help the home side into a 1-2 to 0-3 interval lead.
Monaghan battled gamely after the break but the Rossies held them at bay to register their second League victory of the season.
The tough conditions made scores hard to come by. Roscommon's first-half points came from Cillian Egan and Fallon. Monaghan stayed in touch with points from Stephen Lambe, Fergal Rafter and Niall Garland (free).
Garland and Lambe kept Monaghan ticking over with frees after the break, and Mark Treanor pointed from play.
But Roscommon made the most of the wind with scores from Jason Kilkenny, Micheál Kelly (free) and Eamon Flanagan.
Egan and Ronan O'Meara fired over 0-3 apiece from play to leave Roscommon in pole position in the table.
Scorers - Roscommon: C Egan 0-4, A Murphy 1-0, R O'Meara 0-3, G Fallon 0-2, J Kilkenny, M Kelly (f), E Flanagan 0-1 each. Monaghan: N Garland 0-5 (5fs), S Lambe 0-3 (2fs), F Rafter, M Treanor 0-1 each.
meath - N Fallon 7; A Moore 8, P Kellehan 7, C Shaw 6; S Curley 6, M Kelly 7, W Boyle 6; E Flanagan 7, C Dolan 6; J Moran 6, J Kilkenny 6, G Fallon 6; A Murphy 7, R O'Meara 7, C Egan 8. Subs: J Lawlor 5 for Moran (68) .
monaghan - K Hanniffy 6; B Flanagan 5, P Finnegan 5, B Connor 5; C McKenna 6, P Treanor 8, C Boyle 6; D Crowe 6, S Forde 6; N Garland 7, M Treanor 7, F Rafter 6; A Kerr 6, S Lambe 7, B McGuigan 6. Subs: S McNally 5 for Finnegan (h-t), G Ruddy 5 for Connor (45), R Curran 5 for Crowe (61), E Leonard 5 for Forde (69).
ref - K Brady (Louth)
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