Roscommon handball round-up by Aengus Cunningham
40×20 Connacht Doubles Quarter-finals
Experienced Lisacul pair Denis Creaton and Sean Jennings were just pipped in a thriller against the much younger Mayo duo of Patrick Murphy and Ciaran Burke in their 40×20 Junior Connacht quarter-final held in Lisacul last Sunday.
This match was always destined to be close and from the very start both sides took turns in the ascendency. Mayo nicked the first 21-18 with the Roscommon lads powering to a surprisingly wide 21-8 second game.
The third seemed to be going Roscommon’s way when they led 10-1, but their inconsistency came back to haunt them as they let their opponents back into the match far too easily and in the end were overhauled 21-19 in a match that could have gone either way.
There was a better result for the Lisacul / St. Coman’s pairing of Gordon Nolan and Michael Egan over Mayo’s Paul Judge and Gary McLoughlin in their 40×20 Junior ‘B’ Connacht semi-final held on the same bill.
The Roscommon pair looked very comfortable in the first but a careless loss of concentration saw them come out the wrong side of a 19-21 score.
However, from there on there only looked to be one winner as the Roscommon pair dominated the rallies with a nice blend of mobility from Egan and killing from Nolan to take the remaining two games 21-12, 21-4.
40×20 World Collegiates
Fiona Tully (DCU) failed to defend both her World Collegiates championships as she was defeated by transplanted Galwegian Ciana Ni Curraoin in both the singles and doubles finals in Minnesota last weekend.
Ciana is finishing off her studies in Minnesota State University and is also a former winner of these titles and she showed her experience in the first game of the singles, taking it 21-6.
Fiona took an awful long time to get going and when she did the second turned into a very tight tussle before Ni Curraoin took it 21-16.
The doubles final was a real back-and-forth affair as Fiona and partner Maedhbh Ni Dhalaigh went down narrowly 15-21, 21-12, 5-11.
St. Coman’s Rory Carthy had to pull out all the stops to win his delayed 40×20 U14 Singles Connacht final in his home alley last Wednesday.
Facing Claregalway’s talented Stephen Kelly, Rory started quite sluggishly and went 6-14 down, before he suddenly came to life and remarkably in one hand won 9 consecutive points, mostly kills, to take the first 15-14.
Stephen showed no ill effects from that loss and came back very stongly to take the second 15-7 and seemed to have all the momentum. But Rory showed tremendous character to come back from a 1-4 defecit in the third to dominate the remainder of the match and take a hard-fought encounter 15-4.
Next up for Rory and the remaining Roscommon juveniles are the All-Ireland semi-finals which will be held in St. Coman’s this Sunday at 12 noon.
The following are the fixtures involving Roscommon.
U14 Rory Carthy (St. Coman’s) v Gary McAleer (Tyrone)
U15 Carragh Kennedy (St. Coman’s) v Brona Farley (Tyrone)
U17 Shauna Clogher (St. Coman’s) v Caliosa Ni Dhuill (Armagh)
U17 Liam Egan (St. Coman’s) v Daveidas Kaklauskas (Monaghan)