Kelly to the rescue for Pearses
Padraig Pearses 1-13 Four Roads 0-16 ROSCOMMON SHC FINAL
CATHAL KELLY scored a brilliant late point to earn a dramatic draw for Padraig Pearses in Athleague.
Four Roads, searching for their fifth title in succession, looked to have done enough when they opened up a 0-15 to 0-9 advantage with nine minutes remaining.
However, a 52nd-minute goal by Tomas Sweeney ignited a Pearses revival and they showed commendable character to force a share of the spoils in a thrilling finale.
The sides were well matched early on but Four Roads gradually gained the initiative and opened up a 0-9 to 0-5 interval advantage.
Four Roads continued to dominate and Robbie Kelly's 51st-minute point from play seemed to have put them into a match-winning position but Pearses' late rally, rounded off by Kelly's fine equaliser, gave the pre-match underdogs another day out.
SCORERS -- Padraig Pearses: C Kelly 0-8 (7f), T Sweeney 1-1, R Donoghue, A Sweeney, O Dolan, C Cogavin 0-1 each; Four Roads: E Rogerson 0-7 (6f), P Kelly, R Kelly, S Curley (2f) 0-2 each, E Mulry, B Donnelly, J Coyne 0-1 each.
PADRAIG PEARSES -- P Dolan; S Naughton, P Finneran, A Naughton; A Sweeney, A Loughnane, M Mulvey; O Dolan, C Kelly; JP Dolan, D Loughnane, M Donoghue; T Seale, R Donoghue, T Sweeney. Subs: D Mulvey for JP Dolan (42), G Hendricks for R Donoghue (48), C Cogavin for Seale (56), R Nolan for Hendricks (57).
FOUR ROADS -- D Dowd; D Fallon, M McLoughlin, J Donnelly; S Curley, C Dowd, E Rogerson; M Kelly, B Donnelly; E Mulry, P Kelly, R Kelly; E Rogerson, J Lawlor, J Coyne. Subs: D Dolan for McLoughlin (54), B Kelly for Lawlor (57).
REF -- T Killion.