Determined Roscommon swept aside the tame challenge of IT Sligo yesterday.
Roscommon could afford to shoot 11 first-half wides as they headed to the break 1-7 to 0-2 in front, the goal coming from substitute Naos Connaughton in the 25th minute. IT Sligo's two first-half scores came from freetaker Damien Fahy.
With the wind in the second half, the home side failed to make any inroads, and well-taken goals from Naos Connaughton and Cillian Egan all but ending the game as a contest.
IT Sligo's first score from play arrived in the 39th minute, with the Roscommon defence conceding little ground to their opponents.
The visitors also had a clear goal signalled for a point in the 45th minute. However, points from Gary Fallon, Gerry Fallon, Tomas Seale and Egan saw Roscommon record their first win of the new year.
Scorers - IT Sligo: D Fahy 0-4f, D Golden 0-1. Roscommon: C Egan 1-6, N. Connaughton 2-0, Gerry Fallon 0-5 (2f), G Fallon 0-2, T Seale 0-2.
IT Sligo - S Hayes; A Judge, C Mangan, S Colgan; B Barry, C Dolan, J Dowling; E Kincaid, D Golden; C Gilmartin, D Fahy, B Sheridan; S Giles, S O'Farrell, O Oke. Subs: A Smyth for Dolan (11, inj), G Heverin for Oke (57).
RoscommonN - D Dowd; I Delaney, P Kellehan, T Treacy; A Moore, M Kelly, R O'Meara; S Kilcommons, J Moran; J Lawlor, Gary Fallon, G Fallon; C Egan, M Miley, H Rooney. Subs: N Connaughton for Miley (20), T Seale for Rooney (h-t), N Fallon for Dowd (47).
Ref - C Hynes.