Friday 27 April 2018

Game at a glance

Man of the match

Donie Shine (Roscommon) Scored 10 points, seven from placed balls, three from open play and shot five wides. It shows just how much he was involved in the game from the moment he pointed his first free after two minutes.

Turning point

The opening five minutes. Roscommon needed to settle quickly and they did. It gave them huge confidence and raised Sligo doubts.

Talking point

How heavily did the mantle of favourites weigh on Sligo? Also if Mayo have so many forwards better than Alan Costello, who scored 0-5 from play, why are they doing so poorly.

Ref watch

Jimmy White should have added more than two minutes at the end of the second half. There were quite a few stoppages -- indeed it would have been no surprise if four minutes were added instead of just the two.

What they said

Fergal O'Donnell (Roscommon manager):

"Who would have thought when we lost heavily to Mayo here last year that we'd be back to the win the Connacht title so soon? I'm delighted for all the squad but in particular for the older players who have been through so much over the years."

Kevin Walsh (Sligo manager):

"The goal of playing in Croke Park in the All-Ireland quarter-final is still there for the lads so we'll have to pick ourselves up quickly and get on with it. It will be tough but we've got to do it."

Match statistics

Wides: Roscommon 7 (4); Sligo 8 (2).

Frees: Roscommon 22 (8); Sligo 21 (14)

Yellow cards: Roscommon 2 (G Heneghan 50, C Cregg 57); Sligo 3 (A Marren 41, K Cawley 42, A Costello 63).

Red cards: Roscommon 0; Sligo 0.

Attendance: 22,172.

What next?

Sligo play Down in the qualifiers this weekend, Roscommon head for the All-Ireland quarter-finals the following weekend.

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