Wednesday 29 January 2020

Rossies denied treble as Mayo surge to victory

Mayo 1-11 Roscommon 1-10

Brian Reape, Mayo, in action against Jack Connaughton, Roscommon Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Brian Reape, Mayo, in action against Jack Connaughton, Roscommon Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Michael Plunkett, Mayo, kicks the winning point in injury time despite the attempted block of Brian Stack, Roscommon Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
The Mayo players celebrate after the final whistle Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE newsdesk

Mayo captured their 24th Connacht under-21 crown in dramatic fashion when they came back with a late surge to deny Roscommon's bid for a third title in a row.

An early goal from man of the match Diarmuid Murtagh set champions Roscommon on their way and they led by 1-6 to 0-4 at the break and looked set for the 10th crown at this level.

But Mayo, appearing in their first final since 2009, never gave up and managed to stay within a few points going into the closing stages.

And then three minutes from time they hit the front for the first time when Liam Irwin fisted home a cross from James Carr to the back of the net.

Murtagh responded with an equaliser but Mayo sealed the crown when Michael Plunkett landed the winner.

Scorers - Mayo: L Irwin 1-3 (0-2f, 0-1 '45); C Loftus 0-3 (0-3f); F Duffy 0-2; M Plunkett, F Boland, B Reape 0-1 each. Roscommon: D Murtagh 1-4 (0-2f); R Daly 0-3; U Harney, B Stack, H Walsh 0-1 each.
Mayo: M Flanagan; D Kenny, S Cunniffe, E Doran; M Hall, S Coen, S Akram; D O'Connor, M Ruane; M Plunkett, C Loftus, F Boland; L Irwin, B Reape, F Duffy. Subs: E O'Donoghue for Doran (18), J Carr for Loftus (45).
Roscommon: R Fahy; J Connaughton, S Mullolly, K Beirne; F Lennon, U Harney, B Stack; T O'Rourke, C Compton; K Farrell, H Walsh, B Kelly; D Murtagh, H Darcy, R Daly. Subs: M Daly for Mullolly (30), R Raftery for Compton (36), C Callinan for Kelly (46), K Smith for Walsh (58).
Referee: J Molloy (Galway).

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