Clann na nGael 1-09 Padraig Pearses 0-11

Clann na nGael, the most prolific winners of the Roscommon SFC title, captured their 20th title and first since 1996 when they held off the challenge of neighbours Padraig Pearses at Hyde Park.

The south Roscommon neighbours were level five times when Donie Shine pounced to score the only goal of the game 12 minutes from time to secure the crown for the side managed by former Dublin star Paul Curran.

Pearses, managed by former Roscommon goalkeeper Shane Curran, never gave up but came up just short in their bid for a first ever county title as they fell to their sixth defeat in a decider.

Clann na nGael led by 0-04 to 0-03 at the end of a tense opening half.

Both sides packed out their defences and scoring chances were hard to come by in the opening half with the large crowd having to wait 13 minutes before the first score.

That was delivered by Pearses midfielder Niall Daly who scored from 30 metres after working a one-two with his brother Ronan.

Clann na nGael had to wait for 20 minutes before getting their first score when corner-forward Jamie Fahy pointed a free from 20 metres.

Donie Shine then edged them in front four minutes later with a free from the right before landing an excellent effort from play.

But Pearses hit back and Niall Daly cut the gap with his second point when he slotted over from the right wing.

Pearses goalkeeper Adam McManus produced a superb save to deny Clann na nGael captain Johnny Dunning before Ronan Daly and Ultan Harney exchanged points to leave Clann na nGael ahead by a point at the break.

Another free from Jamie Fahy doubled their lead but then Sean Fahy responded with two for Pearses and sub Shane Carty edged them in front.

Donie Shine tied the sides before Sean Fahy and Jack Connaughton exchanged scores to tie them for a fifth time 13 minutes from the end.

But then Donie Shine got a chance and drilled home the only goal of the game, with Cathal Callinan putting four between them a minute later.

Pearses never gave up with Sean Fahy and Shane Carty getting points and while Ruairi McManus put a goal between them going into stoppage time, Pearses again rallied and points from Sean Ryan and Ronan Daly left just one between them but Clann na nGael held on for victory.

Clann na nGael: R O’Reilly; R Gavin, D Flynn, S Pettit; J Connaughton (0-01), G Pettit, F Lennon; C Shine, D Shine (1-03, 0-02f); E Kenny, U Harney (0-01), M Scally; J Fahy (0-02, 0-02f), R McManus (0-01), J Dunning.

Subs: C Callinan (0-01) for Fahy (46 mins), D Pettit for Scally (51 mins), R Naughton for D Shine (62 mins)

Padraig Pearses: A McManus; P Kelly, A Butler, D Murray; R Daly (0-02), E Barrett, C Daly; N Carty, N Daly (0-02); T Butler, D Duffy, A Mannion; E Kelly, H Darcy, S Fahy (0-04, 0-03f).

Subs: S Carty (0-02) for Duffy (30 mins), S Ryan (0-01) for Kelly (54 mins), N Finneran for Fahy (59 mins), E Ryan for Daly (62 mins).

Referee: V Hardiman (Western Gaels)