Thursday 17 October 2019

Div 3 round-up: Dolan delivers for Rossies

Roscommon 0-14 Armagh 0-11 (Div 3A final)

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Cathal Dolan pointed Roscommon towards league glory against Armagh at Páirc Tailteann.

Playing with the aid of a strong breeze, Roscommon struggled to find their rhythm in the opening half, but they upped the ante after the break to run out deserving winners.

Points from Dolan and Conor Mulry handed the winners an early advantage, but Armagh, inspired by Danny Magee, only trailed by a point, 0-7 to 0-6, at the break.

Roscommon, though, played much better against the elements. With corner-forward Peter Kellehan operating further back the field, they denied Armagh the space to make inroads.

By the three-quarter stage, Roscommon had moved four points clear, but there was a final kick in Armagh and scores from Nathan Curry, Magee and Eoin McGuinness pared the gap back to a point.

A brace of scores from Padraig Kelly put a little more breathing space between the teams as Roscommon held out.

Scorers - Roscommon: C Dolan 0-9 (7f), C Mulry, P Kelly 0-2 each, S Curley 0-1 '65. Armagh: D Magee 0-8 (6f), D Gaffney, N Curry, E McGuinness 0-1 each.

Roscommon - N Fallon 7; A Moore 7, P Nolan 7, P Kenny 6; C Coyle 6, E Flanagan 7, H Rooney 6; D Heavey 6, S Curley 7; C Dolan 9, C Egan 7, P Kelly 7; G Egan 6, C Mulry 7, P Kellehan 7. No substitutions

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Armagh - S Doherty 6; P Quinn 6, A McGuinness 6, C Rice 6; D Bridges 6, C Clifford 7, T Nevin 6; S Renaghan 7, O Curry 6; D Gaffney 6, E McGuinness 7, S Toal 6; N Curry 7, D McKenna 6, D Magee 8. Subs: P McGrane 5 for Toal (48), C Lavery 5 for Quinn (53), L Woods 5 for Gaffney (69),

Ref - T Gleeson (Dublin)

Sorohan strikes for Longford

Longford 2-15 Sligo 3-10 (Div 3B final AET)

Longford had to battle bitter conditions before booking a return to Division 3A at the expense of Sligo at the Connacht GAA Centre.

With the sides inseparable after 70 pulsating minutes, an extra-time goal by sub Alan Sorohan proved decisive.

They led by four at the break thanks largely to a superb goal from David Buckley.

Kevin Gilmartin came to life for the Yeats men in the second-half, scoring two goals and setting up a third for Gerard O'Kelly-Lynch.

But scores from Bart Hanley, Cathal Mullane and Buckley meant Longford were level at full-time.

Hanley got the first score of extra-time, before Sorohan capitalised on a mistake in the Sligo backline to hit the net.

A brilliant point from wing-back Kevin Banks gave Sligo hope, and O'Kelly-Lynch pointed twice more from play, but time ran out for them.

Scorers - Longford: D Buckley 1-3 (2f), C Mullane 0-4 (3f), B Hanley 0-3 (2f), A Sorohan 1-0, E Naughton, R Murray 0-2 each, S O'Brien 0-1. Sligo: G O'Kelly-Lynch 1-7 (5f), K Gilmartin 2-0, J Starr, K Banks, E Comerford (1f) 0-1 each.

Longford - E Daly 6; P Corcoran 6, G Moore 6, C McLoughlin 7; B Hanley 8, K Murray 7, J Casey 7; P Barden 7, D Buckley 8; J Mulhern 6, C Mullane 7, S O'Brien 7; C Kavanagh 6, E Naughton 7, R Murray 8. Subs: D Connell for Mulhern (ft), A Sorohan for O'Brien (ft), J Mulhern for Kavanagh (88), P Leonard for McLoughlin (89).

Sligo - K Brennan 6; T Kelly 7, J Weir 7, D Keown 6; K Banks 7, L Reidy 7, G O'Kelly-Lynch 8; R Cox 7, B Shannon 7; E Comerford 6, K Prior 6, G Cadden 6; K O'Kennedy 6, K Gilmartin 8, J Starr 7. Subs: T O'Kelly-Lynch 7 for Comerford (ht), J McHugh 7 for Prior (50), R McHugh 7 for O'Kennedy (53), N McDermott for Kelly (77), K Prior for Cadden (82).

Ref - J Clarke (Cavan).

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