Rossies too sharp for off-colour Monaghan
Roscommon 2-15 Monaghan 0-9
A sharper, hungrier Roscommon proved too strong for an out-of-sorts Monaghan in this scrappy game played in breezy conditions in Inniskeen.
Roscommon were on top throughout, two first-half goals by Cillian Egan and Ronan O'Mara giving them a cushion.
Monaghan's cause was not helped by being reduced to 14 men with the dismissal of Sean Leonard just before half-time, when the score was 2-7 to 0-4.
In the second half Monaghan did make a fight of it and with a bit of luck might have found the net on a couple of occasions.
However, the extra man left them battling against superior odds.
Scorers – Roscommon: R O'Meara 1-1, R Fallon (3fs) M Kelly 0-4 each, C Egan 1-0, S Curley (2fs), C Dolan 0-2, D Dolan, J Moran 0-1 each. Monaghan: K Crawley 0-4 (3fs), M Murphy 0-2, C McKenna, B McGuigan, PJ Boyle 0-1 each.
Roscommon – P Dolan; I Delaney, M McLoughlin, D Fallon; Cathal Kelly, S Curley, C Dolan; T Seale, M Kelly; Cormac Kelly, H Rooney, D Dolan; C Egan, R O'Meara, R Fallon. Subs: J Moran for Rooney (26), G Fallon for Cathal Kelly, N Connaughton for Egan, J Donoghue for Cormac Kelly, S Melia for Seale.
Monaghan – D McGahon; D McCarron, P Treanor, C McNally; P Finnegan, M Treanor, J Guinan; É Mac Suibhne, T Hilliard; C McKenna, K Crawley, M Murphy; B McGuigan, S Leonard, C Boyle. Subs: PJ Boyle for McKenna, T Forde for Boyle, C McAnespie for McNally, S McNally for McCarron. Temp sub: PJ Boyle for Crawley.
Ref – G McGrath (Dublin).