Fallons find their range as late flurry edges Rossies past Louth
Nicky Rackard Cup SH
Goals in either half from Robbie Fallon and Gerry Fallon catapulted Roscommon into the semi-finals in terrible conditions in Ballyhaunis.
Seamus Qualter's charges enjoyed a dream start when Robbie Fallon found the net inside a minute. With the wind behind them, Roscommon built up a 1-4 to 0-3 advantage by the end of the first quarter.
Gerry Fallon, who ended up with a tally of 1-10, found his range from frees and Adrian Murphy also raised a white flag. But Louth rallied with points from David Dunne, David Mahony, Diarmuid Murphy and Brian Corcoran to trail by two at the break, 1-6 to 0-7.
Fallon's penalty gave Roscommon a six-point cushion but a brace of Murphy scores left only three points in it late on. But a late flurry of scores, culminating in a point for Eamon Kenny, set up Roscommon for a date with Tyrone next weekend.
SCORERS – Roscommon: Gerry Fallon 1-10 (1-0 pen, 0-8fs), R Fallon 1-0, A Murphy, C Egan, J Lawlor, E Kenny 0-1 each. Louth: D Murphy 0-6 (4fs), B Corcoran, D Mahony 0-2 each, D Dunne, S Callan, P Egan 0-1 each.
ROSCOMMON – P Dolan; S Curley, R O'Meara, D Leonard; S Melia, M Kelly, N Keenan; T Seale, A Murphy; C Kelly, Gerry Fallon, C Egan; J Lawlor, R Fallon, E Rogerson. Subs: E Kenny for Rogerson (h-t), Gary Fallon for Leonard (h-t), C Shaw for Seale (65).
LOUTH – J Carter; D Rafferty, W Morrissey, M Wallace; D McArdle, R Byrne, D Horan; D Dunne, S Callan; S Fennell, N Stanley, D Kettle; D Mahony, D Murphy, B Corcoran. Subs: P Egan for Kettle (50), D McKiernan for Fennell (60).
REF – J Keenan (Wicklow)
CAMPBELL DOES TRICK
IN MONAGHAN REVIVAL
A resurgent Monaghan recovered from their defeat by Tyrone to book a place in the semi-final with an easy win in Inniskeen.
A hat-trick by Tadhg Campbell was the inspiration that Monaghan needed while Sligo's cause wasn't helped by having a man sent off in each half. Campbell scored goals in the seventh and eighth minutes and when Sean Leonard fired home on 26 minutes, Monaghan were well in control.
Sligo got one back quickly through Aidan Morrison but Monaghan could afford eight first-half wides and have a penalty from Mickey McHugh saved and still lead by 3-5 to 1-3 at the interval, by which stage Sligo were down to 14 men after Aidan Cawley picked up a second yellow card.
Conor McKenna's goal increased Monaghan's lead and although Kevin Gilmartin replied for Sligo, who had Colin Herity sent off on a straight red, Campbell then completed his hat-trick.
Scorers – Monaghan: T Campbell 3-1, S Leonard 1-1, C McKenna 1-1, M McHugh 0-4, B McGuigan 0-3, M Murphy, N Adair 0-1 each. Sligo: G Waldron 0-4 (3fs), A Morrison, K Gilmartin 1-0 each, B Kenny ('65'), G O'Kelly-Lynch, C O'Mahony 0-1 each.
Monaghan – H Byrne; S McNally, P Dowdall, S Loftus; K Crawley, P Treanor, M Murphy; P Finnegan, T Hilliard; F Rafter, P Boyle, B McGuigan; M McHugh, S Leonard, T Campbell. Subs: C McKenna for P Boyle, N Adair for F Rafter, J Lacey for P Finnegan, S McLoughlin for S McNally, J Guinan for M McHugh.
Sligo – D Loughnane; F Coyne, R Cox, T Cawley; A Cawley, L Reidy, E McGowan; C Herity, B Kenny; M Gilmartin, T Conneely, A Morrison; G Waldron, K Gilmartin, G O'Kelly-Lynch. Subs: C O'Mahony for M Gilmartin, G Ryan for E McGowan, M Mulligan for G Waldron, M Davey for F Coyne.
Ref – E Hasson (Derry)