Saturday 7 December 2019

Last-gasp Roche goal sparks Roscommon's sinking feeling

Wexford 1-12
Roscommon 1-9

A goal in the second minute of injury-time from corner-forward Shane Roche kept Wexford's promotion push very much alive at Dr Hyde Park.

While Wexford know that a win in their final game against Antrim will guarantee them Division 2 football next season, this result sent Roscommon the other way, making Division 4 a reality for Fergal O'Donnell's side in 2011.

Things looked good for Roscommon at the break, leading by 0-7 to 0-6 having played against a stiff breeze. However, the home side were a major disappointment in the second half as Wexford picked off the required scores .

Wexford controlled the second half as Roscommon made no impression with the wind behind them.

A brace of Roche frees had put Wexford firmly in the ascendancy before Cathal McHugh's 67th-minute goal gave Roscommon a Division 3 lifeline. Yet they couldn't build on that and Roche punished them deep into additional time.

SCORERS -- Wexford: S Roche 1-3 (0-3f), R Barry, A Flynn C Lyng (0-1f) 0-2 each, C Deely, B Doyle, C Morris 0-1 each. Roscommon: C McHugh 1-0, D Shine 0-3 (0-2f), J Rogers 0-2, D Ward, K Higgins, E Kenny, P Garvey 0-1 each.

WEXFORD -- A Masterson; D Carter, J Wadding, N Murphy; B Malone, D Murphy, A Doyle; E Bradley, B Doyle; C Deely, R Barry, A Flynn; C Lyng, P Naughter, S Roche. Subs: C Morris for Deely (h-t), PJ Banville for Naughter (49).

ROSCOMMON -- G Claffey; S McDermott, P Domican, S Ormsby; D Keenan, C Cregg, S Purcell; B Higgins, E Kenny; P Garvey, K Higgins, D Ward; J Rogers, D Shine, T Kelly. Subs: D Hussey for Kelly (41), C Dineen for Ward (55), C McHugh for Rogers (64), C Garvey for Keenan (64).

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REF -- M Duffy (Sligo).

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