Friday 23 August 2019

Fitzpatrick hits last-gasp winner

Roscommon CBS 1-12 Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra Rathmore 1-11

Hannah Walsh of Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, Claregalway is challenged by Aoife Mallon of St Catherine’s, Armagh during the Lidl All-Ireland P-P Schools at Mohill on Saturday – St Catherine’s won by 3-4 to 2-3. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/ Sportsfile
Hannah Walsh of Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, Claregalway is challenged by Aoife Mallon of St Catherine’s, Armagh during the Lidl All-Ireland P-P Schools at Mohill on Saturday – St Catherine’s won by 3-4 to 2-3. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/ Sportsfile

Roscommon CBS dug deep to enjoy success in the All-Ireland PP Schools SFC 'B' final thanks to a James Fitzpatrick point in the seventh minute of additional time at Croke Park on Saturday.

The winner came after a topsy-turvy encounter with Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra where the Kerry school led by 0-6 to 0-3 at half-time before a second-half surge, aided by the breeze, helped Roscommon to a 1-10 to 0-7 lead after 44 minutes. Rathmore would draw level before Fitzpatrick's late winner.

Rathmore were driven on by James Darmody, Alan Dineen and Owen Fitzgerald in the first period but a Cian Murray goal in the 41st minute helped Roscommon complete a 10-point turnaround.

Centre-back Jack Lohan's injury necessitated a long delay and when play resumed Rathmore got a lifeline from Aaron Cronin's goal in the 54th minute made it 1-10 to 1-8.

Scorers - Roscommon CBS: C Murray 1-2; L Ormsby 0-4 (1f); K Doyle, C Lawless (1f) 0-2 each; A Looby, J Fitzpatrick 0-1 each. Rathmore: D Dineen 0-6f; A Cronin 1-0; C Ryan 0-2 (1f); E Rahilly, D Rahilly, D O'Connor 0-1 each.

Roscommon CBS - G Rodrigues; J Browne, C Walsh, J Martin; C Glennon, J Lohan, C Murray; A Looby, K Doyle; T Lambe, C Lawless, R Walsh; L Ormsby, J Fitzpatrick, J McGahon. Subs: C Carthy for R Walsh (29), O Walsh for Lohan (50).

SPSL Rathmore - I O'Connor; P Brosnan, A Dineen, D Cronin; E Rahilly, O Fitzgerald, P O'Leary; R Collins, S O'Keeffe; A Darmody, D Murphy, D Rahilly; C Ryan, D Dineen, D O'Connor Subs: J Darmody for E Rahilly (h-t), A Cronin for O'Leary (44).

Ref - M McNally (Monaghan)

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