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The game at a glance

Michael Finneran (Roscommon): Mickey Moran pointed to an injury and an 'off day' for his two starting midfielders afterwards, but the fact that he had to explain this in the first place was testament to the towering influence of Finneran.

Turning point

Leitrim won the toss and elected to play against a very strong breeze on the basis that the weather was due to get progressively worse and that benefits could be stronger in the second half. But, by that stage, Roscommon were ready to disappear over the horizon.

Talking point

The perception that Roscommon were gifted a Connacht title last year may be a little misplaced. On this evidence, they have become a hardened championship side, much better than they have been given credit for.

Ref watch

As ever, Pat McEnaney didn't fire the rule book at the players. He allowed play to develop and did everything he could to let the game flow.

What they said

Fergal O'Donnell (Roscommon):

"Connacht medals are hard come by in Roscommon -- there are very few fellas who win two back-to-back. There is a great chance now. The important thing is that we are competitive."

Mickey Moran (Leitrim manager):

"Roscommon took advantage of us and they had the midfield. I thought if we could make an impact in midfield in the second half... but we had to replace our two midfielders."

Match statistics

Wides: Roscommon 8 (5); Leitrim 9 (4).

Frees: Roscommon 20 (8); Leitrim 19 (9).

Yellow cards: Roscommon 1 (K Mannion 48); Leitrim 1 (E Mulligan 54).

Attendance: 13,567.

What next?

Roscommon play Mayo or Galway in the Connacht final on July 17; Leitrim play in round two of qualifiers on July 9 .

Irish Independent