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Gerry Keegan fired 2-5 as holders Kildare returned to the semi-finals of the Christy Ring Cup at old rivals Meath’s expense

Gerry Keegan fired 2-5 as holders Kildare returned to the semi-finals of the Christy Ring Cup at old rivals Meath’s expense

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Gerry Keegan fired 2-5 as holders Kildare returned to the semi-finals of the Christy Ring Cup at old rivals Meath’s expense

Roscommon continued their fine form with a facile defeat of Athlone IT, setting them up for a group decider against NUI Galway tonight.

Gerry Fallon and Naos Connaughton caused the home side huge problems under the dropping ball, the former scoring his side's opening goal.

Fallon saw a penalty crash off the crossbar, but Roscommon still went in 1-12 to 0-6 ahead at the break. Leitrim's faint hope were then crushed by goals from Tipp native Ronan O'Meara and Connaughton.

Scorers - Roscommon: Gerry Fallon 1-4 (0-1f), R O'Meara 1-3, N Connaughton 1-2, C Kelly & G Fallon 0-3 each, H Rooney & T Seale 0-2 each, M Kelly 0-1, AIT: S Molloy 0-3, G Wyer 0-2 (0-1f), S Hannon 0-2, C O'Loughlin, S Carroll, M Morris & M Egan (f) 0-1 each.

ROSCOMMON - N Fallon; I Delaney, P Kellehan, T Treacy; A Moore, M Kelly, C Shaw; S Kilcommins, J Moran; Gerry Fallon, R O'Meara, Gary Fallon; T Seale, N Connaughton, H Rooney.

Subs: L Kilcline for Treacy (37), C Duignan for Moran (41), C Kelly for O'Meara (47), O'Meara for Gerry Fallon (53).

AIT - W Power; C O'Connell, R Daly, D Gilkerson; S Carroll, J Fitzsimons, A Moran; J Kelly, G Wyer; S Hannon, S Molloy, C Gath; M Morris, C O'Loughlin, E O'Connor. Subs: M Egan for Kelly (HT), G McDermott for O'Connor (HT), P Staunton for Gath (HT), D Butler for O'Loughlin (33), M Naughton for Moran (55), D Hogan for Hannon (56).

REF - C Browne (Galway)

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