Gerry Fallon inspires rampant Roscommon to victory
Roscommon 1-21 Louth 1-9
Roscommon built on their good pre season form yesterday in Athleague when they easily accounted for Louth to open their Division 3A account with a convincing victory.
A close-range goal from Naos Connaughton and the oustanding Gerry Fallon helped them into a 1-7 to 0-1 lead after 15 minutes and while Louth settled into the game during the second quarter - their efforts aided by strong performances from midfielders Roger Maher and Shane Callan - they never looked like putting together a run of scores needed to trouble Roscommon.
Gary Rellis' goal nine minutes into the second half cut the gap back to nine points but the Rossies continued to pile on the scores from frees and open play to easily prevail.
Man of the Match: Shane Callan
Scorers - Roscommon: Gerry Fallon 0-11 (9f), N Connaughton 1-1, D Dolan & Gary Fallon 0-2 each, C Kelly, D Leonard, T Seale, C Egan & A Murphy 0-1 each. Louth: G Rellis 1-0, P Lynch (1f) & G Smyth (2 '65s) 0-3 each, S Callan, A Mackin & R Maher 0-1 each.
ROSCOMMON - N Fallon 8; I Delaney 7, P Kellehan 7, C Shaw 6; A O'Mara 7, D Leonard 8, C Dolan 7; C Kelly 7, J Moran 7; T Seale 8, Gary Fallon 6, Gerry Fallon 7; H Rooney 5, N Connaughton 8, D Dolan 6. Subs: K Kilkenny 6 for Gary Fallon (43), J Henry 6 for Connaughton (52), C Egan 8 for Rooney (52), T Treacy 6 for Shaw (60), A Murphy 7 for D Dolan (66).
LOUTH - A Carter 7; C Kerrigan 6, J Carter 7, N Cafferkey 6; C Ryan 6, R Byrne 8, A McCrave 5; R Maher 7, S Callan 9; A Mackin 7, G Rellis 7, D O'Hanrahan 5; P Lynch 8, O Drumm 5, G Smyth 6. Subs: G Kerrigan 6 for O'Hanrahan (51), G O'Brien 6 for Drumm (57), G Kane 7 for Rellis (57), B Carter 6 for Kerrigan (63), D Yore 6 for Byrne (67).
REF- G McGrath (Wexford).