Allianz National Hurling League Diviaion 3A
The Roscommon senior hurlers got their Allianz Division 3A League campaign off to a flying start with a hard-earned win against Louth at Darver on Sunday.
The possibility of a win seemed remote at the interval when they trailed by six points (1-10 to 0-7). However, the visitors were a transformed side in the second half. They found another gear and were full value for a very welcome win in the end.
They were certainly playing second fiddle to the home team in that first period and didn’t manage a score from play. All seven points came from Gerry Fallon’s placed balls (one ’65). Diarmuid Murphy was also in great form from frees for Louth, scoring five as well as two from play. Andrew Mackin scored the Louth goal.
Roscommon set about reducing Louth’s lead in the third quarter. They scored 2-3 in 15 minutes. The first goal came after 42 minutes when a long delivery from Cathal Kelly was broken down by Cillian Egan to Niall Kilroy and the Fuerty footballer finished to the net. The second goal came after good work by Gerry Fallon set up by Cillian Egan, who took his goal well. The points came from two Gerry Fallon frees and a fine effort from play from Tomás Seale.
The half was 17 minutes old before Louth got their first score, a Diarmuid Murphy free. This was followed by another point to reduce the margin to the minimum.
However, Roscommon weren’t about to surrender their lead and five great long-range frees by Fallon (one from his own ’65) confirmed their superiority. Louth scored three further points from Diarmuid Murphy (free), Ronan Byrne and Gary Rellis. The last score of the game came from Roscommon corner-forward Cillian Egan.
Roscommon now have their first home game at Athleague on Sunday next when they entertain Monaghan. A victory here would put them in contention for a serious challenge for promotion. Justin Campbell and his management team will be quite satisfied with this win, especially the second half display, and will look to the future with hope and confidence.
ROSCOMMON: P. Dolan; S. Curley, R. O’Meara, I. Delaney; J. Rogerson, M. Kelly, C. Dolan; J. Moran, S. Melia; T. Seale (0-1), G. Fallon (0-14), D. Dolan; N. Kilroy (1-0), Cillian Egan (1-1), Cathal Kelly. Sub used: N. Connaughton for Dolan.
LOUTH: J. Connolly; P. McCormack, J. Carter, A. McCrave; C. Kerrigan, C. Hayes, C. Ryan; J. Condon, S. Callan (0-2); A. Mackin (1-0), G. Rellis (0-1), D. O’Hanrahan; D. Kettle, D. Murphy (0-10), G. Smith (0-1). Subs: R. Byrne (0-1) for O’Hanrahan; D. Mahoney for Smith; S. Maguire for Condon.
Referee: F. Smith (Meath)