Roscommon Fall To Kerry And Into Division Two

Kerry secured an Allianz League division one final spot with a 10-point win in Dr. Hyde Park as Roscommon fell into division two for 2020.

Kerry won out 2-17 to 13 points, having led by a goal at half-time 1-8 to eight points, Roscommon never able to muster a fight back to survive in division one.

The game started well for the Rossies with Niall Kilroy pointing in the third minute with David Clifford replying a minute later.


Tom O’Sullivan pushed Kerry in front but then Roscommon landed three unanswered points to take a four points to two lead in the 16th minute.

Conor Cox scored a free before Cathal Cregg and Donie Smith (free) added big scores from distance as Roscommon looked to secure a big lead.

Ronan Daly and Shane Killoran also scored until Kerry moved up a gear, with Sean O’Shea was central to the kingdoms surge.

O’Shea and O’Brien fired points before Dara Moynihan created a chance for O’Brien who fed O’Shea, and the Kerry centre-forward blasted his shot past Lavin.

That 29th minute goal gave Kerry a 1-5 to six lead, as O’Shea and Clifford scored either side of O’Rourke’s black card. Roscommon were reeling and down to 14 men for ten minutes.

Cox scored a couple of vital frees but fittingly Moynihan rounded off the first half scoring, as Kerry led by a goal at half-time.

Kerry scored 1-3 on the bounce to put the game beyond Roscommon with a couple of O’Shea efforts and one from Clifford giving them a big 1-11 to 0-8 advantage.

The hardworking Stephen O’Brien bundled home a goal in the 47th minute as Kerry sent Roscommon down.

Substitute Diarmuid Murtagh and Cox (two frees) kicked consolations but Kerry finished strong.

O’Brien was influential and he brought his tally to 1-2 while James O’Donoghue came off the bench to add a point.

Roscommon: Colm Lavin; David Murray, Sean Mullooly, Conor Daly; Conor Hussey, Niall Daly, Ronan Daly (0-2); Tadgh O’Rourke, Shane Killoran (0-1); Niall Kilroy (0-1), Cathal Cregg (0-1), Ultan Harney; Donie Smith (0-2,2f), Conor Cox (0-4, 4f), Aonghus Lyons.

Subs: Enda Smith for Lyons (35), Diarmuid Murtagh (0-2, 2f) for D Smith (47), Conor Devaney for Kilroy (49), Gary Patterson for N Daly (68).

Kerry: Shane Ryan; Jack Sherwood, Peter Crowley, Graham O’Sullivan; Gavin Crowley, Paul Murphy, Tom O’Sullivan (0-1); Jack Barry, Diarmuid O’Connor (0-1); Dara Moynihan (0-2), Sean O’Shea (1-5, 4f), Stephen O’Brien (1-2); David Clifford (0-5, 3f), Tommy Walsh, Kevin McCarthy.

Subs: Killian Spillane for McCarthy (5), James O’Donoghue (0-1) for Walsh (52), Jason Foley for Sherwood (53), Mark Griffin for Crowley (59), Hubert Darcy for Cregg (58), Conor Geaney for Clifford (66),

Referee: Anthony Nolan (Wicklow), Niall Cullen (Fermanagh).