Monday 23 April 2018

Shine lights up Rossies title bid

Roscommon 2-9
Mayo 1-11
Connacht U-21 FC SEMI-FINAL

Roscommon stopped Mayo's bid for five provincial titles on the trot with a last-gasp one-point win in Dr Hyde Park.

Alan O'Hara's dismissal for a second yellow card five minutes into the second half seemed to hand the initiative to Mayo, but the home side ground out a victory, with Donal Shine landing the winning point deep into injury-time.

The opening half was a poor affair, with Niall Kilroy goaling on the stroke of half-time to hand Roscommon the narrowest of leads, 1-3 to 0-5.

A goal by Brian Murtagh in the 45th minute suggested that Roscommon were coping well following the sending off, but Mayo were back on level terms within a minute when Alan Freeman drilled a low shot to the back of the net.

Mayo captain Kevin McLoughlin then looked to have sent the game into extra-time in the 63rd minute. however, Shine was on hand to propel Roscommon into the final.

SCORERS ­ Roscommon: B Murtagh 1-1, D Shine, P Garvey 0-3 (0-2f) each, N Kilroy 1-0, N Daly, K Higgins 0-1 each. Mayo: N Douglas 0-7 (0-3f), A Freeman 1-1, J Doherty, S Nally, K McLoughlin 0-1 each.

ROSCOMMON -- D O'Malley; J Sharkey, N Collins, M Higgins; J McKeague, N Daly, E Bannon; N Carty, K Higgins; P Garvey, C Shine, B Murtagh; A O'Hara, D Shine, N Kilroy. Subs: D McDermott for C Shine (50).

MAYO -- R Hennelly; P Mulchrone, S McHale, K Keane; L Keegan, E Reilly, S Prendergast; G McDonagh, S Nally; C Carolan, K McLoughlin, J Doherty; N Douglas, A O'Shea, A Freeman. Subs: R Geraghty for Carolan (35), K Rogers for Prendergast (39), J Cafferkey for Rogers (50).

REF -- R McBrien (Leitrim).

Irish Independent

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