Roscommon will play in their eighth successive FBD League final on Friday evening next after goals from Diarmuid McGann, Enda Smith and Ben O’Carroll saw them defeat Sligo by 3-23 to 0-21 at the NUI Galway Connacht GAA Air Dome this evening.
Anthony Cunningham’s new-look side played some excellent football, with Eoin McCormack, Shane Cunnane, Cathal Heneghan and Diarmuid McGann showing up well, but it was Conor Cox who stole the show with 0-11, including eight from play.
Roscommon led by 1-13 to 0-9 at the break, with McGann netting in first-half injury time. But goalkeeper Conor Carroll made a spectacular penalty save from Niall Murphy in the last action of the half to keep his side in the ascendency.
Murphy, who ended up with 0-13, and Pat Hughes continued to cause problems for Roscommon’s full-back line and Sligo were back to within three points at one stage in the third quarter.
But Roscommon made a raft of substitutions, and two of them — Enda Smith and Ben O’Carroll — netted late on to complete a very satisfactory evening’s outing for the 2019 Connacht champions.
*Match report and reaction in Tuesday’s Roscommon Herald.