Defending champions Four Roads proved why they remain the team to beat in this year’s Roscommon Senior Hurling Championship by pulling out a big performance to deservedly defeat Pádraig Pearses by five points at Woodmount this evening.
Pearses had been the talking horse in the lead-up to the game after easily accounting for Oran in Round One, while Four Roads were fortunate to salvage a draw against St. Dominic’s.
But the real Four Roads turned up this evening, putting their wind advantage in the opening half to good use to build up a commanding 0-11 to 0-4 lead.
Pearses rallied in the second half and when Adam Finnerty pounced for a goal, the game was there for them if they were good enough, with only a point between the sides, 0-15 to 1-11, by the 52nd minute.
But they weren’t as Four Roads hit back with a goal from Adam Donnelly before late points from Cathal Dolan and Shane Curley sealed an impressive 1-18 to 1-13 victory for Joe Mannion’s charges.
Earlier in the afternoon, Mickey Joe Egan’s 12-point haul was decisive in helping St. Dominic’s overcome Oran, 0-16 to 0-10, at Knockcroghery.
Oran competed well for long periods but, despite the efforts of Eamon and Cathal Kenny, and Hugh Rooney, they ran out of steam in the final quarter.
Egan’s accuracy was a major boon for his side as he landed ten out of his 12 points from frees.
With Four Roads likely to beat Oran in their final group game, the clash between St. Dominic’s and Pádraig Pearses will decide the other semi-final berth from Group A, with Tremane (already qualified) and Athleague expected to join them in the last four from Group B.
*Remember to pick up a copy of Tuesday’s Roscommon Herald to read about all the action from this weekend’s three games.