Saturday 18 November 2017

Fallon points way for Rossies

Roscommon 1-12 Donegal 1-11

Kevin Campbell, Donegal
Kevin Campbell, Donegal

Robbie Fallon converted a 69th-minute free to enable Roscommon claim victory in Athleague.

The home side went ahead through a Ronan O'Meara goal after 25 seconds.

With the aid of a strong wind in the first half, Kevin Campbell and Sean McVeigh fired over impressive points. Donegal's goal arrived in the eighth minute as Enda McDermott flicked past Padraig Dolan.

Ray Durack's Donegal led by 1-9 to 1-7 at the break, but they played with much more urgency in the second half.

The sides were level on three occasions in the second half with the free-taking of Robbie Fallon and Kevin Campbell key. Roscommon struggled to convert opportunities, hitting nine second-half wides.

The first touch of many players also left a lot to be desired on a day when the absence of influential figures on both sides was noticeable.

After landing their first point from play in 34 minutes through Cormac Kelly, Roscommon finally got their noses in front late on. Goalscorer O'Meara had a goal chance in injury-time but he fired his shot wide.

Fallon's late free was enough to ensure progress to the next round against Monaghan.

Scorers – Roscommon: R Fallon 0-8 (8fs), R O'Meara 1-0, C Kelly 0-2, S Curley, D Dolan 0-1 each. Donegal: K Campbell 0-8, (6fs), E McDermott 1-2, S McVeigh 0-1.

ROSCOMMON – P Dolan; I Delaney, M McLoughlin, C Kelly; D Fallon, S Curley, C Dolan; T Seale, M Kelly; C Kelly, H Rooney, D Dolan; R Fallon, R O'Meara, C Egan. Subs: D Flaherty for Rooney (65), N Connaughton for Egan (68).

DONEGAL – P Burns; M McGrath, J McGee, S Gallen; P Sheridan, J Boyle, C Kilgannon; R McDermott, D Cullen; C Mathewson, E McDermott, S McVeigh; K Campbell, P Hannigan, M McGee. Subs: E Organ for M McGee (46).

Ref – J Keane (Galway).

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