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O'Donnell delighted with Roscommon's progress

Updated: Monday, 13 Jun 2011 12:32

Fergal O'Donnell reckons Donie Shine's goal swung the game in Roscommon's favour
Fergal O'Donnell reckons Donie Shine's goal swung the game in Roscommon's favour

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Roscommon manager Fergal O’Donnell is delighted to be back in a Connacht Football Championship final following the defending champions’ comfortable win over Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon.

O’Donnell, speaking to RTÉ’s Clare MacNamara, said his team’s first-half performance was the basis for the 2-12 to 0-06 win.

‘We had the wind in the first-half, and the goal came from a mis-kick but Donie Shine finished it great. I think that was the difference.’

O’Donnell also admitted that Leitrim’s failure to trouble the scoreboard was of great benefit to his side.

‘Leitrim were unlucky with a goal chance of their own in the second-half. It was close to the line but Niall Carty made a great clearance,’ he said.

‘I suppose Leitrim did not score early enough in the second-half and we drove on.’

O’Donnell, while not entirely happy with his side’s performance, was delighted to be back in the Connacht final for the second year in-a-row.

‘Some of the play you would not be happy with but we are delighted to be in the Connacht final,’ he said.

‘It’s a great achievement for us to be there two years on the trot. Some people would say we were in the easier half of the draw, and it is always an advantage when you avoid Mayo and Galway, but we are delighted to be there and playing it in Dr Hyde Park.’

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