Roscommon displayed grit and determination to beat Galway 2-12 to 0-14 in a pulsating and thrilling match at Tuam in the Connacht Senior Football Championship this afternoon. John Tobin's men got their revenge for losing to Galway three years ago and overcame a number of injury setbacks to record a deserved win in an enthralling match.
Roscommon set up a memorable victory in the first-half with two goals. Nigel Dineen scored the first in the 13th minute and the second came from Frankie Dolan in injury time to give Roscommon a 2-4 to 0-8 advantage at half-time.
However, it was Galway who had the better start despite missing two goal opportunities in the early stages of the first-half. Captain Padraic Joyce got the better of John Whyte with a five-point tally and was aided by a point each from Alan Keirns, Michael Donnellan and brother Tommy Joyce. Dineen was the tour de force for Roscommon in the forwards, settling the team with three points, while Dolan helped himself to a goal and a point.
With the wind to their advantage in the second-half, Galway quickly responded to the two-point deficit with early points from Joe Bergin, Kieran Comer and Joyce.
However, as the game went deeper into the second-half, Roscommon dominated with points from O'Neill, Denis Gavin and Noone. Stephen Lohan came on for the Roscommon when Dolan dislocated his shoulder and made a resounding impression, scoring three points within minutes. Galway made a number of determined forays in the closing stages but failed to pull back a rampant Roscommon side despite three points from John Donnellan.
Meanwhile, in the Ulster Football quarter-final at Celtic Park, Derry overcame Antrim by 1-11 to 0-09 points to progress.
Filed by Sinéad Kissane