Roscommon prove too strong for rivals as Leitrim finish game with 12 men
Kevin McStay's Roscommon set up a Connacht semi-final showdown with Sligo after a facile 1-21 to 0-11 success over Leitrim at Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada this afternoon.
The hosts finished the game with 12 men as Darren Sweeney and Killian McGriskin were red-carded and Adrian Croal was black-carded after Leitrim had made all their alloted substitutions.
It was a big improvement from the Rossies after they suffered a serious scare in the preliminary round against New York.
The favourites led by 1-11 to 0-5 at the break with Conor Devaney scoring the goal on the half-hour mark.
Leitrim never looked like bridging the gap and were reduced to 14 when Sweeney walked after 54 minutes for an off the ball incident.
Then Croal got a black card and McGriskin saw red as the game fizzled out to an inevitable conclusion.
Roscommon scorers: C Devaney 1-1, D Shine 0-3, F Cregg 0-4 (0-1f), C Murtagh 0-3 (0-1f), D Murtagh 0-2, C Cregg 0-2, N Daly 0-2, C McHugh 0-1 (0-1f), C Shine 0-1, R Daly 0-2 (0-1f).
Leitrim scorers: K Conlan 0-3, E Mulligan 0-3 (0-1f), R Kennedy 0-1 (0-1f), D Wrynn 0-1, N O’Donnell 0-1, A Croal 0-1, K McHugh 0-1.
Roscommon: G Claffey; N McInerney, N Collins, S McDermott,; J McManus, S Purcell, D Murray; N Daly, J McDermott; F Cregg, C Murtagh, C Devaney; D Murtagh, C Cregg, D Shine.
Subs: S Kilbride for D Murtagh (50), R Daly for McDermott (55), C McHugh for Shine (62), S Mullooly for J McManus (63), D Keenan for Purcell (67), C Shine for C Cregg (67).
Leitrim: B Flynn; M Murphy, P Maguire, M McWeeney; S McWeeney, G Reynolds, R Gallagher; D Wrynn, S Moran; J Rooney, E Mulligan, K Conlan; N O’Donnell, R Kennedy, A Croal.
Subs: K McHugh for Murphy (16), K McGriskin for Gallagher (32), B Prior for Reynolds (36, black), D Sweeney for S McWeeney (35), C Gaffney for O’Donnell (35), N Woods for Kennedy (63).