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Monday 11 December 2017

Corvan's rapid brace proves pivotal

Armagh 3-15 Roscommon 2-11

Two goals in 60 seconds early in the second half put Armagh firmly in control in Athleague.

The hosts had led by four points at the break, 1-8 to 0-7, but that was quickly overturned when Armagh's Conor Corvan found the net in the 44th and 45th minutes.

A third goal followed in the 51st minute, from Declan Coulter, to give them a seven-point cushion.

The Rossies hit an unanswered 1-2 in a brief rally, the goal coming from Micheal Kelly, but Armagh turned the screw again, scoring five straight points to seal victory. A ninth-minute goal from Cormac Kelly put the Rossies in the ascendancy in the opening half.

But a tally of 10 wides cost them, and Armagh always looked likely to overturn the deficit in the second half with the wind at their backs.

Man of the match: D Coulter (Armagh)

Scorers - Armagh: D Coulter 1-8 (7f, 1 '65'), C Corvan 2-2, K McKernan, R Gaffney, M Lennon, P Hughes, C Reid 0-1 each. Roscommon: Cathal Kelly 0-7 (5f, 1 '65'), Cormac Kelly 1-1, M Kelly 1-0, G Fallon 0-2 (1f), D Nolan 0-1.

Armagh – S Doherty 7; C Devlin 7, C Clifford 7, B Breen 7; N Green 7, P Hughes 7, S Gaffney 7; J Corvan 8, K McKernan 8; D Carvill 7, D Coulter 9, R Gaffney; C Corvan 9, M Lennon 8, C Carvill. Subs: N Curry 7 for N Green (47), M Maguire 7 for C Carvill (52), F Bradley 7 for D Carvill (52), C Reid 6 for M Lennon (62), B Mallon 6 for B Breen (68).

Roscommon – N Fallon 7; I Delaney 7, D Short 6, D Leonard 6; S Curley 6, M Kelly 6, S Melia 6; J Moran 5, G Fallon 7; A Murphy 6, D Nolan 8, Cathal Kelly 7; Cormac Kelly 7, R O'Meara 5, C Egan 5. Subs: E Mulry 5 for A Murphy (h-t), T Seale 5 for C Egan (59), N Keenan 5 for S Melia (65).

Ref – G Chapman (Sligo).

Irish Independent

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