Mayo men hold firm in frantic finale
Mayo 1-21 Roscommon 2-14
Mayo dominated the first-half and built up a strong enough lead to see off the challenge of Roscommon in a game that counted for nothing at Athleague yesterday.
The visitors raced out of the blocks and led 6-0 after eight minutes. The likes of Joseph McManus, Sean Regan and Kenny Feeney were scoring freely as Mayo - who have had to make do without the talismanic Keith Higgins due to his football commitments - pulled clear with ease.
A Padraig Hickey goal on 18 minutes saw Mayo extend their advantage. By half-time, the visitors led 1-16 to 0-3. Roscommon were much better after the restart. Goals from Eamon Flanagan and Eoghan Costello saw them cut the lead significantly, with the accurate freetaking of Gary Fallon ensuring a frantic final few minutes.
Although the home side managed to outscore Mayo by 12 points in the second-half, their efforts still fell short.
Scorers - Mayo: K Feeney 0-5, (2f, 1 '65), P Hickey 1-2, S Regan 0-4, J Cotter, J McManus 0-3, S Boland, M Morley, D McLoughlin, D Kenny 0-1 each. Roscommon: G Fallon 0-8 (7f), E Flanagan 1-1, C Kenny 0-3, E Costello 1-0, G Egan, C Coyle 0-1 each.
Mayo - D Frayne; B Hunt, G McManus, S Mulroy; S Morley, D Kenny, M Morley; G Nolan, J Cotter; J McManus, S Regan, P Hickey; D McLoughlin, K Feeney, S Boland. Subs: C Scahill for McLoughlin (49), P Connell for G McManus (58), C Murray for Cotter (66), M Phillips for Mulroy (68).
Rpscommon - D Dowd; M Byrne, P Nolan, A Moore; D Loughnane, P Kellehan, G Egan; S Curley, C Coyle; T Seale, D Keaveney, J Fallon; E Costello, G Fallon, C Kenny. Subs: E Flanagan for Keaveney (h-t), J Kilkenny for Loughnane (49), A Finnerty for Coyle (60).
Ref - J O'Brien (Tipperary).