Daly's lucky strike gets Rossies over the line
Roscommon 1-12 Sligo 1-10 CONNACHT U-21 FC SEMI-FINAL
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)