Roscommon left it to the very last minute to beat neighbours and fierce rivals Leitrim in the second round of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship on a scoreline of 2-09 to 1-11 in Carrick-on-Shannon today.

Roscommon were very much in control of the match in the early stages with their forwards scoring almost at will. However, Fintan McBrien attempted a point which dropped short and was fisted to the back of the net by Donal Brennan, bringing Leitrim back into contention. Good work by the Roscommon forwards put their team back into a commanding position though.

In the second half Leitrim began a comeback which rattled Roscommon. Although Tommy Carr’s men soon relinquished the lead they continued to work hard and soon got a goal through Karl Mannion which kept them in touch. In the second minute of extra time Leitrim were leading by two points, when substitute David O’Connor collected a loose ball and drove itl to the back of the net to put Roscommon ahead by one point.

Frustrated Leitrim goalkeeper Gareth Phelan struck a Roscommon forward and was duly sent off. It was all academic though as there was no time for Leitrim to come back and Tommy Carr’s side progressed to the next round.

Filed by Barry J Whyte