Friday 15 November 2019

Daly's lucky strike gets Rossies over the line

Roscommon 1-12 Sligo 1-10 CONNACHT U-21 FC SEMI-FINAL

Thomas Corcoran, Roscommon, in action against Ray Connolly, left, and Criostoir Davey, Sligo
Thomas Corcoran, Roscommon, in action against Ray Connolly, left, and Criostoir Davey, Sligo
Enda Smith, Roscommon, in action against Cian Breheny, Sligo
22 March 2014; Thomas Corcoran, Roscommon, in action against Ray Connolly, Sligo. Cadbury Connacht GAA Football U21 Championship, Semi-Final, Sligo v Roscommon, Markievicz Park, Sligo. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Conor Daly, Roscommon, in action against Cathal Surlis, Sligo

Provincial favourites Roscommon avoided a shock defeat in Markievicz Park to book their place in the decider.

Having knocked out Mayo in the quarter-finals, the Rossies found themselves up against a hard-working Sligo side, and needed a fortuitous second-half goal from wing-back Conor Daly to shake off determined opposition.

Indeed Cian Breheny, who minutes earlier had netted a response to Daly's strike, had a chance to level it in the dying seconds when he broke through on goal, but his shot under pressure rose just too high, and Roscommon survived.

Overall it was a deserved win for the visitors, who led by just a point at the break, 0-6 to 0-5, but always looked to have an extra gear.

Scorers – Roscommon: D Murtagh 0-4 (1f), C Daly 1-0, S Killoran 0-3, E Smith, C Kilcline, D Smith, D Murray, C Kenny 0-1 each; Sligo: N Murphy (1f) 0-5, C Breheny 1-2, J Kelly, C Kerins (f), S Kilcoyne (f) 0-1 each.

Sligo – V Cadden; E Flanagan, B Walsh, M Gordon; C Surlis, K McDonnell, E Connolly; R Connolly, B Smith; J Kelly, C Davey, C Breheny; G Cadden, N Murphy, C Kerins. Subs: S Kilcoyne for G Cadden (42), K Henry for Davey (46), S Curley for Kelly (BC, 50), D Long for Kerins (54).

Roscommon – C Lavin; D Murray, S Mullooly, C Kenny; C Daly, F Kelly, J McManus; S Killoran, T Corcoran; C Kilcline, M Healy, E Smith; D Murtagh, K Finn, D Smith. Subs: M Nally for Finn (21), F Sweeney for Kelly (50), J Earley for Kilcline (53), A Gleeson for Murtagh (54), N McInerney for McManus (BC, 55).

Ref – J Molloy (Galway)

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