Ryan Conlon inspired Roscommon Gaels to a historic Division One Minor Football Championship crown after edging out Boyle in a pulsating decider at Dr. Hyde Park.
The Roscommon Gaels captain hit 1-8 over the hour in what was a wonderful advertisement for underage GAA in the county.
This final was the proverbial game of two halves. Roscommon Gaels, led by Conlon, were untouchable in the first half, building up what looked like an unassailable 1-12 to 0-7 advantage, helped by John McGuinness’ 13th minute goal.
But Boyle were transformed in the second half. Led by Daniel Casey, Conor Kelly and Niall O’Donnell they were back on level terms by the water break, thanks to Kelly’s spectacular 35th minute goal.
But the game’s decisive score arrived immediately after the water break when Conlon powered his way through the Boyle defence for an excellent three-pointer.
Boyle came again and had chances to draw level but the Gaels, managed by former Roscommon boss Kevin McStay, held on to win a brilliant contest, 2-13 to 1-15, that was a credit to the fitness and skill set of both sides.
*Match report and picture in Tuesday’s Roscommon Herald