A sensational performance from the Roscommon minor footballers was enough to deliver a first knockout championship win over Galway at this grade since 2012 in Bekan tonight, with Darren Gately and Conor Hand the goalscorers in a comprehensive win for Emmet Durney’s side. It finished 2-13 to 0-11 in favour of the young Rossies at the Connacht Centre of Excellence.
Eight years ago the margin was just two points after extra time in Tuam Stadium. Tonight in Bekan, Roscommon won by eight and it could have been more, as they held a 13-point lead with 55 minutes on the clock. Alan McManus was sent off at that stage for a second yellow card offence and Galway tacked on six of the last seven points to reduce the gap, but that did nothing to take away from this incredible Roscommon display.
In every sector of the field, Roscommon controlled the game. Jamesie Greene of Éire Óg neutralised Galway’s star midfielder Conall Gallagher, Roscommon’s back line produced any number of incredible turnovers and up front the inside duo of Darren Gately and Eoin Colleran delivered some magnificent scores.
Colleran, attends secondary school in Garbally College in Galway, played the target man role to great effect while Gately delivered a sublime finish for Roscommon’s opening goal inside the first five minutes.
Maidhc Mac Gearailt scored two exquisite scores off his left for Galway, but he was the only shining light for the Tribesmen as Roscommon moved 1-9 to 0-4 ahead at half time.
Galway needed a fast start to the second half but didn’t get it, as instead Colleran and Conor Hand added points, before Roscommon wrapped up the game with a second goal just before the water break. A hard-earned turnover, won by Colm Neary, set in motion the attack that ended with Hand placing the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the small square.
Roscommon now await the winners of Sunday’s clash between Mayo and Sligo, with the Connacht final set to be played on the weekend of the 9th and 10th of January.