Roscommon 1-7 Galway 0-17

Galway advanced to the final of the Connacht Under-20 Football Championship after a seven-point victory over Roscommon in St Brigid's, Kiltoom.

Galway, managed by Padraic Joyce, looked strong on the night, playing an attractive, open brand of football throughout.

Roscommon were underdogs going into the game and set up in a defensive manner. They certainly competed and were in contention for large periods, although Galway always looked like the better side and will fancy their chances of lifting the trophy for the first time in their history when they face reigning champions Mayo in the decider.

The visitors had a great start to the game, with Rory Cunningham opening the scoring, and two further scores gave Joyce’s side a three-point lead with ten minutes played.

Roscommon goalkeeper Aaron Brady registered a '45' to open his side's account, before Gerry Galvin got the game's first goal in the 14th minute, when his long-range effort was misjudged by the Galway goalkeeper and ended up in the net.

Galway responded superbly to the setback however and scored four points in succession to turn a one-point deficit into a three-point lead.

The Tribesmen held a five-point lead at half-time, with the scoreboard reading 0-11 to 1-3 in favour of the visitors.

Cunningham opened the second half scoring in the 38th minute with a well taken point, but the Rossies responded with the next three scores and Galway were dealt a major blow when full-back and captain Sean Mulkerrin received a black after a foul on Dylan Ruane with 47 minutes on the clock.

Three points was as close as the hosts would get in the second half however, as points from Cunningham and Darragh Silke settled the Tribesmen.

Roscommon were awarded a penalty in the 61st minute, but Brian Derwin's effort went over the bar and a free from Silke sealed the victory for Galway moments later.

The hosts were reduced to 14 men in stoppage time when Jonathan Hester was shown a red card.

Galway held out for a seven-point win and they will now face Mayo in the decider, after the latter defeated Sligo in this evening's other semi-final. The final will take place next Wednesday in Tuam, at 7.30pm.

Roscommon: Aaron Brady (0-1, 0-1 "45"); Enda Killoran, Evan Flynn, Robbie Dolan; Michael Conroy, Niall Higgins, Gerry Galvin (1-0); Dylan Sumner, Padraig Halpin; Daire Keenan, Ronan Dowd (0-3, 0-1f), Jonathan Hester; James Fitzpatrick (0-1), Paul Carey (0-1, 0-1f), Dylan Ruane.

Subs: Ciaran Lawless for Keenan (h-t), Sean Hanly for Killoran (33), Tim Lambe for Conroy (38), Brian Derwin (0-1, 0-1 pen) for Fitzpatrick (45), Cian Corcoran for Sumner (51), Thomas O’Rourke for Ruane (58)

Galway: Oran Burke; Ross Mahon (0-1), Sean Mulkerrin, Eoghan McFadden; Liam Boyle (0-1), Ciaran Potter, Jack Kirrane; Matthias Barrett, Michael Collins; Matthew Tierney (0-3, 0-2fs), Gavin Burke, Ben O’Connell; Darragh Silke (0-3, 0-3f), Padraig Costello (0-2, 0-1f), Rory Cunningham (0-4).

Subs: Liam Costello (0-2) for Collins (26), Jack Glynn for Kirrane (46), Tony Gill for Mulkerrin (48, B/C), Eoin Mannion (0-1) for Costello (50), Conor Newell for O’Connell (54), Jason Reilly for Burke (58)

Referee: Jerome Henry (Mayo)