Daniel Glynn’s return to Pádraig Pearses and a narrow escape for county champions Four Roads were the main stories in the opening round of the Roscommon senior hurling championship, with three games played over the weekend.
Before today, Daniel Glynn’s last Roscommon club hurling championship game was Pearses’ 1-20 to 1-13 win over Four Roads in the 2017 county final, where he scored 0-15. After two summers in London he transferred back earlier this year but was unable to train due to injury, so wasn’t expected to play a key role. Despite this, he burst out of the blocks with four points – three from play – in the first eight minutes of his side’s 3-20 to 1-11 win over Oran at Athleague.
Pearses were comfortable throughout but inaccuracy in front of goal (they shot 13 wides in total) meant they only led by five points going into the last ten minutes, when two goals in quick succession from Cathal Kelly sealed their win.
A kicked goal from Keith Doyle and then a 60 metre free from Mickey Joe Egan meant St. Dominic’s salvaged a 1-14 each draw against Four Roads in Ballyforan, which was the least the underdogs deserved after putting in an excellent performance. Jack Lohan struck the crossbar and Egan rattled the foot of the post with glorious goal chances, while at the other end it looked as if Jamie Lawlor’s goal just before the second half water break was going to be enough to secure the win.
In the final game, played on Saturday evening, John Brennan (1-6), Michael Kellehan (0-7) and Sean Mahony (1-3) were all in fine form for Tremane in their 2-22 to 1-7 win over Roscommon Gaels.
For full reports and details from all these games, see Tuesday’s Roscommon Herald