Saturday 18 November 2017

A disappointing Breffni fall flat as Roscommon roll

Roscommon 0-16 Cavan 0-5

Michael Argue, Cavan, in action against Diarmuid Murtagh, Roscommon
Michael Argue, Cavan, in action against Diarmuid Murtagh, Roscommon
David Keenan, Roscommon, in action against Gearóid McKiernan, Cavan
David O'Gara, Roscommon, in action against Robert Maloney-Derham, Cavan
Enda Smith, Roscommon, in action against Mark McKeever, Cavan

John Fallon

Roscommon brushed past a very disappointing Cavan side at Kingspan Breffni Park last night.

Roscommon 0-16 Cavan 0-5

Roscommon led by 0-3 to 0-2 after a dreadful opening half which remained scoreless for over 17 minutes before Diarmuid Murtagh edged Roscommon in front with a pointed free. Cathal Cregg doubled the lead before Cavan finally opened their account when Martin Reilly kicked a good point from 45 metres.

Roscommon led at the break after Enda Smith soloed through to shoot a fine score with Eugene Keating leaving the minimum between them with an excellent score from the left wing. Roscommon took charge in the third quarter and Cavan were demolished as John Evans' men hit eight points without reply.

Smith got a couple of excellent points after Diarmuid Murtagh had extended Roscommon's lead.

Cregg picked off a couple of points and Conor Daly and Murtagh also found the range before Smith soloed through to make it 0-11 to 0-3 after 51 minutes.

Michael Argue finally got Cavan's first score of the second half after 53 minutes. Roscommon responded with three more points, two of them from Murtagh and another from Daly and never gave Cavan another sniff.

Scorers - Roscommon: D Murtagh 0-5 (3f), E Smith 0-4, C Cregg 0-3 (1f), C Daly 0-2, C Murtagh, D Smith 0-1 each. Cavan: M Reilly 0-2, E Keating 0-1, M Argue 0-1, P Tinnellu 0-1.

Roscommon: D O'Malley; S McDermott, N Carty, N Collins; D Keenan, N Daly, C Cafferkey; C Shine, K Higgins; D O'Gara, E Smith, C Daly; S Kilbride, C Cregg, D Murtagh. Subs: R Stack for Keenan (35), D Smith for O'Gara (54), M Nally for Daly (60), M Finneran for Higgins (65), I Kilbride for E Smith (65), C Murtagh for D Murtagh (69).

Cavan: C Gilsensan; F Flanagan, K Brady, J McLoughlin; J Hayes, J McEnroe, R Maloney-Derham; G McKiernan, M Argue; D O'Reilly, E Keating, N McDermott; J Brady, M Lyng, M Reilly. Subs: M McKeever for Hayes (35), D Givney for Lyng (46), P Tinnelly for Maloney-Derham (49), T Mooney for McDermott (54), N Murray for Brady (57), T Corr for Argue (65)

Referee: B Cassidy (Derry).

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