For the first time since 2007 Four Roads will play no part in the Roscommon senior hurling championship final, after they fell to a 3-22 to 3-17 extra-time defeat to Athleague at Dr. Hyde Park in the first of this afternoon’s semi-final double bill.
Athleague will be joined in the decider by Pádraig Pearses, who needed a fantastic injury time point from Matt Comerford to edge out Tremane by 0-18 to 2-11 in the later game of the two.
Athleague’s contest with Four Roads struggled to catch fire but the second quarter was dominated by the men in blue, who led by 0-11 to 1-4 at the interval. With David Flaherty and Cian Murray in sublime form, they were still four points up going into injury time, but a Cathal Dolan goal and a remarkable equalising point from Micheál Kelly in the last sixty seconds of normal time tied it up at Athleague 1-17 Four Roads 2-14.
A fine solo goal from Robbie Fallon put Athleague back on the front foot early in extra time however and this time they held on comfortably, with a second goal from Fallon confirming their win before Diarmuid Treacy scrambled in a late consolation goal for Four Roads.
Niall Kilroy and Seán Mahony scored sensational first half goals from Tremane to keep them in touch in a game that Pearses controlled for the opening 30 minutes, and it wasn’t until Kilroy fired between the posts for the first score of the second half, making it 2-5 to 0-10, that Seamus Qualter’s men registered a point from play.
Pearses’ half back line continued to dominate while Oisín Kelly was all but unstoppable, but with the wind at their backs, Tremane kept picking off scores and two Michael Kellehan frees edged them in front, 2-11 to 0-16, going into overtime. Pearses came good however with points from Daniel Glynn and then Comerford, before Michael Kellehan had another difficult late chance with a free to salvage a draw, only to see his effort float left of the posts and wide.
For full coverage of this afternoon’s thrilling action at Dr. Hyde Park, check out Tuesday’s Roscommon Herald