Saturday, July 18, 2020

Superb second half goals from Mark Sherlock and Daragh Concannon proved decisive as St. Peter’s secured their third RDFL Premier Division title in succession tonight, pipping Castlerea Celtic by a single point thanks to a 3-2 win over the West Roscommon side in McCarthy Park.

The first half was a hotly contested and occasionally feisty affair, with referee Gerry Carmody dishing out six yellow cards in the 45 minutes. A volley from Mark Sherlock put the home side 1-0 up after 14 minutes, but Castlerea Celtic were a match for the reigning champions in most facets of the game and deservedly pulled level through Jack Higgins shortly before half time.

St. Peter’s moved things up to a different level after half time however, inspired by their veteran striker. It took just 90 seconds of play for Sherlock to add his second goal, a majestic finish from 18 yards after some outstanding footwork on the edge of the area to carve out half a yard of space.

Sherlock also drew the free that Daragh Concannon curled up over the wall and into the top corner to make it 3-1 with 25 minutes remaining and while Peter Farrell slammed in a close-range goal to set up a nervy finish, the home side held out to secure the honours.

Full report to follow in Tuesday’s Roscommon Herald.

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