Roscommon come up short in U17 All Ireland final

It was disappointment for the Roscommon U17’s today as Tyrone won the inaugural All-Ireland U17 football title after a well-deserved nine-point win in Croke Park today.

The teams traded scores early on with it two points apiece after 8 minutes but the Ulster side would go on to take command of this game with eight unanswered points to lead ten points to two.

Tyrone looked out of sight at half-time when they led by 0-13 to 0-5, with Darragh Canavan, Ehtan Jordan, Cormac Donaghy and Daniel Miller all looking lively in the opening 30 minutes.

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To their credit, Roscommon came to life in the second-half. St Brigid’s midfielder Shane Cunnane, a tremendous prospect, took control in midfield as the Rossies fought back to within four points by the 49th minute.

The Red Hand hit nine wides in the second-half but Canavan’s son of former All Ireland winner Peter Canavan produced a moment of genius ten minutes from the end put the game to bed. He came racing onto the ball and sent a bullet into the topmost corner of the net.

Roscommon substitute Darragh Walsh clipped over three points after his introduction, but Mark Hayes ran in a late goal for Tyrone to seal the victory with the full time score Tyrone 2-18 Roscommon 0-15.

It was a great effort not only today by the Roscommon team but throughout the whole year with the win over Kerry in the semi final very much the one to remember.

Roscommon manager Liam Tully spoke with Willie Hegarty after the game

Tyrone manager Collie Holmes was in conversation with reporters after the game

Scorers for Tyrone: Darragh Canavan 1-3, Ethan Jordan 0-6 (0-4f), Cormac Donaghy (0-1f) and Daniel Miller 0-3 each, Mark Hayes 1-0, Michael Conroy 0-2, Tarlach Quinn 0-1.

Scorers for Roscommon: Shane Cunnane (0-2f), Darragh Walsh (0-1f) and Peter Gillooly 0-3 each, John Martin, Paul Carey, Ciaran Sugrue, Paul McGrath and Albert Looby 0-1 each.