Rogerson drives Four roads to title
Four Roads 1-12 Padraig Pearses 1-9 ROSCOMMON SHC FINAL
Four Roads completed five-in-a-row as they overcame a gutsy Padraig Pearses in a replay in Athleague.
The defending champions' historic bid looked to have come unstuck when Michael Donoghue's goal within a minute of the restart pushed Pearses four points clear. But by the time losers scored again in the 52nd minute, the Tisrara men had catapulted themselves into a two-point advantage.
The opening half belonged to Pearses, but they failed to make their dominance count on the scoreboard and went in at the break with just a single-point advantage.
Donoghue's green flag looked to have put them in the driving seat, but, inspired by Enda Rogerson's 42nd- minute goal, Four Roads wrested back the initiative and Man of the Match Rogerson scored the final free to confirm his side as champions.
SCORERS -- Four Roads: E Rogerson 1-7 (5f), S Curley (1f), C Dolan, M Kelly, J Lawlor, D Dolan 0-1 each. Padraig Pearses: C Kelly 0-5 (4f, 1 '65'), M Donoghue 1-0, D Loughnane, T Sweeney, C Cogavin, D Mulvey 0-1 each.
FOUR ROADS -- D Dowd; B Donnelly, C Dowd, D Fallon; J Rogerson, P Kelly, S Curley; M Kelly, J Lawlor; R Kelly, B Kelly, E Mulry; E Rogerson, J Coyne, D Dolan. Subs: C Dolan for B Kelly (41), C Mulry for Coyne (52), T Kelly for Lawlor (60).
PADRAIG PEARSES -- P Dolan; A Naughton, P Finneran, J Donoghue; A Sweeney, A Loughnane, M Mulvey; C Kelly, O Dolan; D Mulvey, D Loughnane, M Donoghue; T Sweeney, R Donoghue, C Cogavin. Sub: T Seale for R Donoghue (36).
REF - A Kelly