Roscommon Ease Past Sligo to Connacht final

Roscommon advanced to the Connacht Under -20 final beating Sligo 1-11 to 1-8 at Markievicz Park writes Michael Cooke.

Roscommon led by a goal and six points to one goal and a point at the interval with an improved second-half proving insufficient for Sligo.

Roscommon made an explosive start to the game leading by 1-4 to no score after just 12 minutes.

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A ninth-minute goal from Adam McDermott was sandwiched by a brace of 45-metre points from Ciaran Lawless and successive Peter Gillooly and Paul Carey points.

Sligo eventually got off the mark in the 19th minute and were subsequently awarded a penalty after Joseph Keaney was adjudged to have been unfairly tackled in the square.

Red Og Murphy was home from Australia, Sligo’s returning hero found the net from the penalty spot leaving five points between them at half-time.

Roscommon restored a six-point cushion in the 51st minute when Peter Gillooly pointed a free.

The hosts then brought the margin back to five points before Joseph Keaney was subsequently dismissed following a second yellow card resulting in a blow to Sligo’s hopes.

The Yeats county out-scored their opponents by three points to one thereafter but Roscommon still had three points to spare at full-time.

The Rossies must wait to see who they meet in the final after Leitrim and Galway’s semi-final fell victim to Storm Denis.