Roscommon have come through a tough game against New York in the first round of Connacht SFC to win 3-13 to 1-9. Down to 14 men after goalkeeper Shane Curran was dismissed for an off-the-ball foul on New York's Paddy O'Connor in the 22nd minute, Roscommon were fortunate to have a two goal cushion going into half time. New York came out with all guns blazing in the second half. Kevin Lilly reduced the deficit with a pointed free after four minutes and Peter Loughran's goal galvanised the Emigrants. The Big Apple side clawed back to within two points at one stage and it looked like an upset could be on the cards at Hyde Park. However, Roscommon's superior fitness saw them through as New York's play became increasingly ragged, and they ran out winning by a ten point margin.
This game marks the end of New York's Championship campaign, as they have decided not to take part in the losers' round.
Roscommon 3-13 New York 1-9
Filed by Greg McKevitt