Tuesday 25 July 2017

Mayo hit 17 points from play to demolish Rossies ahead of Dubs clash

Mayo 1-19 Roscommon 0-14

25 February 2017; Cillian O'Connor of Mayo scores his side's first goal from a penalty during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 3 match between Mayo and Roscommon at Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
25 February 2017; Cillian O'Connor of Mayo scores his side's first goal from a penalty during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 3 match between Mayo and Roscommon at Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Mayo coasted to back-to-back wins in Division 1 of the Allianz NFL with a eight-point demolition of old rivals Roscommon in front of 11,657 spectators in Elverys MacHale Park tonight.

Cillian O'Connor hit 1-4, including a second-half penalty, as Stephen Rochford's men impressed hitting 17 points from play as they prepare for renewing acquaintances with All-Ireland champions Dublin next week.

For Roscommon it was further disappointment as a series of missed goal chances at the end of the first half proved crucial and they are now in a race against time to pick up points as the sit at the bottom of the Division 1 table.

Mayo spurned four good scoring chances in a row in the opening four minutes before Shane Killoran opened Roscommon's account at the other end as McStay's side made good use of limited opportunities up front in the early stages.

Andy Moran and Donie Smith traded points before Fintan Cregg left the Rossies 0-3 to 0-1 ahead but that would be their last score for 24 minutes as Jason Gibbons and Diarmuid O'Connor lorded affairs in the middle of the park winning an abundance of kick-outs.

Rochford's charges reeled off eight points in a row with Cillian O'Connor hitting two long-distance efforts as well as a free from his new role at No 11 while Fergal Boland, an U-21 All-Ireland winner last year, fired over two beauties before Gibbons, Cillian O'Connor and his younger brother Diarmuid left them in complete control after half an hour.

Last year's Footballer of the Year Lee Keegan replaced Colm Boyle after the Davitts defender was shown a black card for obstruction as Donie Smith broke the Rossies barren spell.

Ciaran Murtagh chipped in with another to close the gap to four but Roscommon would rue three missed goals as All-Star goalkeeper David Clarke thwarted Donie Smith and Sean Mullooly before Donal Vaughan and Conor O'Shea sent them in six up at the break, 0-11 to 0-5.

When O'Connor coolly slotted home a penalty, after Evan Regan was hauled down en route to goal, and Kevin McLoughlin opened his account, Mayo were in cruise control.

Conor Devaney offered some resistance for the Rossies with two points when baring down on goal but Regan pointed a free before Tom Corcoran left eight in it after 50 minutes, 1-13 to 0-8.

Devaney and Keegan traded scores before 2016 All-Star Brendan Harrison pointed just seconds after his introduction. Enda Smith's goal effort was excellently smothered by Clarke at the other end but Donie Smith lashed the rebound over the bar.

Conor Loftus and Harrison tagged on further scores for Mayo as they saw out the game at their ease ahead of next Saturday's trip to Croke Park for a repeat of last year's All-Ireland SFC final against the Dubs.

SCORERS – Mayo: C O'Connor 1-4 (1f), F Boland, L Keegan, B Harrison and C Loftus 0-2 each, C O'Shea, K McLoughlin, D Vaughan, D O'Connor, A Moran, J Gibbons and E Regan (f) 0-1 each.

Roscommon: C Devaney 0-3 and D Smith 0-3, C Murtagh and E Smith 0-2 each, T Corcoran, S Killoran, F Cregg and N Kilroy 0-1 each.

MAYO –D Clarke; D Newcombe, K Higgins, D Vaughan; C Boyle, P Durcan, S Coen; J Gibbons, D O'Connor; C O'Shea, C O'Connor, F Boland; K McLoughlin, A Moran, E Regan. Subs: L Keegan for Boyle (BC 29), C Loftus for Moran (51), B Harrison for Vaughan (53), S Nally for Boland (55), M Plunkett for O'Shea (55), L Irwin for Regan (66)

ROSCOMMON – C Lavin; D Murray, N McInerney, S McDermott; R Stack, S Mullooly, J McManus; S Killoran, T O'Rourke; E Smith, C Murtagh, F Cregg; D Smith, T Corcoran, C Devaney. Subs: C Cafferkey for Killoran (BC 25), K Higgins for Cregg (44), G Patterson for McDermott (54), N Kilroy for Stack (59), B Murtagh for Devaney (62), C Connolly for D Smith (67).

REF – J McQuillan (Cavan)

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