Wednesday 12 December 2018

Ruane goal wins it for Rossies

Roscommon 1-11 Galway 0-11

Dylan Ruane’s goal was the crucial turning point for Shane Curran’s men, who had Liam Cregg sent-off, while David McManus and Lorcan
Daly also got black cards. Photo: Sportsfile
Dylan Ruane’s goal was the crucial turning point for Shane Curran’s men, who had Liam Cregg sent-off, while David McManus and Lorcan Daly also got black cards. Photo: Sportsfile

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Roscommon will face Mayo in the curtain-raiser to next Sunday's Connacht SFC final after Cian McKeon scored seven points in a thrilling victory over Galway in the U-20 semi-final at Tuam Stadium on Saturday evening.

Dylan Ruane's goal was the crucial turning point for Shane Curran's men, who had Liam Cregg sent-off, while David McManus and Lorcan Daly also got black cards.

Roscommon suffered a massive blow half way through the first half when influential midfielder Conor Shanagher left in an ambulance following an accidental collision with teammate Keith Murphy.

The sides were level at 0-5 each at half-time after three points from Dessie Conneely gave the hosts the initiative but a couple of McKeon efforts kept Roscommon in touch.

Galway had Finian O'Laoi sent-off after seven minutes and they also had ace forward Rob Finnerty sent-off five minutes from time.

Scorers - Roscommon: Cian McKeon 0-7 (6fs), Dylan Ruane 1-0, Aaron Brady 0-2 (2f), Paul Carey 0-1, Damien Duff 0-1 Galway: Dessie Conneely 0-6 (6fs), Rob Finnerty 0-3 (1f), Darragh Silke 0-1, Rory Cunningham 0-1 (1f).

Roscommon - A Brady; L Daly, E Flynn, L Cregg; A Dowd, L Mollahan, D Nerney; C Shanagher, E Nolan; K Murphy, D McManus, D Ruane; B Derwin, C McKeon, P Carey. Subs: C Lawless for Murphy (20, blood), D Duff for Shanagher (20), Murphy for Lawless (28), C Sugrue for Derwin (39), G Galvin for Nerney (48), M Conroy for Sugrue (50), C Corcoran for McManus (52, black).

Galway - O Burke; S Fitzgerald, S Mulkerrin, C Campbell; J Glynn, R Forde, C Murray; C Darcy, J Daly; D Silke, L Molloy, F O'Laoi; R Finnerty, L Costello, D Conneely. Subs: B Goldrick for Molloy (34), R Cunningham for Silke (44), J Kirrane for Costello (48), F Garvey for Murray (52), M Bairead for Daly (60).

Ref - Eamonn O'Grady (Leitrim).

Egan steers Mayo into final showdown

Mayo 1-24 Leitrim 1-3

Twelve points from the boot of Ross Egan was more than enough to secure Mayo a place in the final against Roscommon next Sunday.

This was a very disappointing display from Leitrim at Elverys MacHale Park but, in fairness, they came up against a very strong Mayo team.

Leitrim were on level terms 12 minutes into this game when Jordan Reynolds - their only scorer - found the Mayo net with a brilliant strike, but that was as good as it got for the visitors who managed just two points (both frees) in the second half and were reduced to 14 players after Sean Harkin was dismissed on a straight red card five minuets after their restart.

Oisin McLoughlin scored Mayo's only goal to give them a commanding 1-12 to 1-1 lead at the break.

Mayo never looked in trouble in the second half as man of the match Egan and Tom Conroy picked off some very good points to ease them into the final.

Scorers - Mayo: R Egan 0-12 (0-7f), O McLoughlin 1-1, T Conroy 0-3. C Moran 0-2, P O'Malley ('45), E O'Brien, R O'Donoghue J Gallagher, S Og McTigue, C Horan 0-1 each. Leitrim: J Reynolds 1-3 (0-3f).

Mayo - P O'Malley, R Brickendun, B O'Malley, J Cunnane, P Lambert, P Mullin, C Horan, J Flynn, E O'Brien, N Moran, R O'Donoghue, O McLoughlin, J Gallagher, R Egan, T Conroy. Subs: J Maughan for Brickendun (40), S Óg Tigue for O'Brien (47), C Moran for Gallagher (50), J Dawson for Mullin (51), A Murphy for Conroy (54), D Cosgrove for Horan (57).

Leitrim - D Maxwell, D Mitchell, Evan Harkin, F Gallogly, S Harkin, M Polis, S Chandler, A Hoare, M Dolan, Ethan Harkin, J Reynolds, E Kenny, M Diffley, E Keegan, S Sweeney. Subs: M Morrison for Kenny (ht), D Moreton for Ethan Harkin (40), K Mulligan for Polis (47), A Doonan for Diffley (50), S McDermott for Hoare (55), A O'Hagan for Sweeney (55).

Ref - M Flaherty (Galway)

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