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Roscommon manager John Evans

Roscommon manager John Evans

Michael Brady and Aidan Rowan, Longford, in action against Conor Daly and Donall Keane, Roscommon

Michael Brady and Aidan Rowan, Longford, in action against Conor Daly and Donall Keane, Roscommon

Shane Doyle, Longford, in action against Donal Ward, Roscommon

Shane Doyle, Longford, in action against Donal Ward, Roscommon

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Roscommon manager John Evans

Roscommon boss John Evans was delighted after his team made an encouraging start to their Division 3 campaign after a three-point victory over Longford at Pearse Park.

Longford failed to take advantage of the strong winds in the opening half as wayward shooting proved a persistent problem.

Roscommon kept in touch relying heavily on their defenders Sean McDermott and Donal Ward in the first half to push forward and raise white flags. Their lack of discipline, particularly inside their own half, gave Longford a three-point cushion at half-time with five of their seven-point total coming from placed-balls.

After the break, the Rossies fought back as two points from full-forward Donal Shine put one point between the teams and a long-distance free from Senan Kilbride drew them level.

Roscommon then kicked on with Sean Kilbride and Cathal Cregg causing serious difficulties to Jack Sheedy's full-back line, contributing six of their 13-point haul.

Rossies boss Evans praised his resolute players after the game.

"I'm very happy with their efforts. I'm very aware of the close rivalry between Longford and Roscommon. These Shannonside derby's are always very competitive and entertaining – today was no different," he said.

"An opening victory in the league is always important because it can give you the momentum to succeed further and hopefully we can build on this and add it to our first home game against Wexford next week."

Scorers – Roscommon: S Kilbride 0-4 (1f), D Shine (1f) C Cregg 0-2 each, C Daly, D Keane, S McDermott, D Ward, K Higgins 0-1 each. Longford: P McKeon 0-4 (3fs), F McGee 0-3fs, C Mimnagh, S Doyle, M Hughes 0-1 each.

Roscommon – D O'Malley 7; N Collins 7, N Carty 7, S McDermott 7; D Ward 7, N Daly 7, C Cafferky 7; M Finneran 6, C Shine 6; D Keane 6, M Nally 6, C Daly 7; S Kilbride 8, D Shine 7, C Cregg 7. Subs: K Higgins 6 for M Finneran (h-t), D Murtagh 6 for M Nally (44), D Donnelly 6 for N Daly (53), D O'Gara 6 for C Shine (57), C Burns 6 for D Keane (62), C Murtagh 6 for S Kilbride (69).

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Longford – P Collum 7; D Brady 7, B Gilleran 8, F Battrim 6; P Brady 6, E Williams 7, A Rowan 7; J Keegan 6, M Brady 6; S Doyle 8, R McEntire 6, P McKeon 8; F McGee 7, P Foy 6, C Mimnagh 6. Subs: S McCormack 6 for R McEntire (44) M Hughes 6 for S Doyle (47), S Mulligan 6 for E Willimas (55) B Farrell 6 for P McKeon (62) CP Smith 6 for C Mimnagh (68), K Diffley 6 for M Brady (70).

REF – M Duffy (Sligo).


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