Dolan the star in Rossies romp
Roscommon could afford the luxury of 20 wides when seeing off the challenge of Fingal to keep their promotion hopes alive.
The home side dominated throughout, with David Dolan and Micheal Kelly punishing Fingal indiscretions from frees. A minute from half-time, Dolan made a sniping run through the heart of the Fingal defence before directing his shot to the corner of the net to give his side an eight-point interval lead, 1-9 to 0-4.
Roscommon were rarely troubled during the second period, although Fingal substitute John Matthew Sheridan did make an impression, registering three points from play.
Seamus Qualter's side continued to press on and points from Gary Fallon, Kelly, Johnny Coyne (two) sealed a facile success.
SCORERS - Roscommon: D Dolan 1-6 (5f), M Kelly 0-4 (3f), M Connaughton 0-3, J Coyne 0-2, Gary Fallon, S Curley ('65) 0-1 each. Fingal: M Ormonde (3f), JM Sheridan 0-3 each, P McAllister, M Cussen, P Daly, R McGarry 0-1 each.
ROSCOMMON -- P Dolan; I Delaney, C Moran, D Loughnane; K Doolan, P Kelly, S Curley; M Kelly, T Lennon; D Dolan, M Connaughton, B Hanley; Gary Fallon, Gerry Fallon, J Coyne. Subs: B Kelly for Gerry Fallon (49), M Keaveney for Lennon (62), S Melia for Delaney (67), D Delaney for Dolan (69).
FINGAL -- W Burke; P Coyne, D Markey, N Ring; M Cu-ssen, D Vaughan, A Morris; B Powell, R McGarry; C Foley, M Ormonde, P McAllister; B McCarthy, P Daly, C O'Mahony. Subs: JM Sheridan for McCarthy (41), E Cullen for Markey (49), D de Búrca for Morris (58), P Sheridan for Cullen (61), M Lambe for McAllister (67)
REF -- A Kelly (Galway).