Murphy the man for the Rossies
Roscommon 1-14 Fingal 0-16
Published 07/03/2016 | 02:30
Roscommon leapfrogged Fingal at the top of the table after surviving a late rally from the visitors on what was a drizzly day in Athleague.
Fingal welcomed back former Dublin U-21 Kevin O'Flynn for the first time in two years and, along with his older brother Cillian, he was to play a pivotal role for Mick Kennedy's men.
The home side led from start to finish and found the back of the net on 12 minutes through Tomas Seale.
With Roscommon's midfield duo of Eamon Flanagan and Cathal Dolan hitting a number of scores from play, Roscommon were to add to their lead approaching half-time.
Nonetheless it took an important intervention by Ciaran Shaw to deny Fingal full forward Kieran O'Sullivan just before the break before scores from the Sheridan brothers, Paddy and JM, saw Fingal close the half with two late scores, 1-10 to 0-8 to the home side.
The second half began with JM Sheridan registering scores either side of an effort from Roscommon's dead-ball specialist Jerry Fallon.
While the visitors were to twice come to within a point of their opponents, an inspirational point from Adrian Murphy was decisive.
Scorers - Roscommon: J Fallon (3f, 1 '65), E Flanagan 0-4 each; T Seale 1-0; A Murphy 0-3; C Dolan 0-2; L Kilcline 0-1. Fingal: JM Sheridan (7f) 0-10; P Sheridan (1 '65) 0-3; K O' Flynn, E O'Connor, P Graves 0-1 each.
Roscommon - N Fallon 7; A Moore 7, P Kellehan 8, C Shaw7; S Curley 7, M Kelly 8, T Seale 7; E Flanagan 9, C Dolan 7; J Moran 7, J Kilkenny 7, J Fallon 8; A Murphy 8, R O Meara 7, C Egan 7. Subs: C Egan for Moran (42) 7, T Doyle for Curley (65), N Martin for O Meara (60).
Fingal - M Cullen 7; D O'Brien 6, D Fitzsimons 8, N McCaffrey 7; J Fay-Watt 6, K O'Flynn 8, Eoin O'Connor 8; P Graves 7, C O'Flynn 8; P Sheridan 8, R McGarry 7, E Thynne 6; JM Sheridan 8, K O'Sullivan 6, TJ Howard 7. Subs: P Quinn 7 for O Brien 6 (30), I Furlong for Graves 6 (45), E McCarthy for Howard (63).
Ref - R McCann (Kildare)