Roscommon progressed to the final of the Hastings Shield with a six point victory over Offaly in Keenan Park in Ardagh, coming out on top by 3-12 to 1-12 in today’s semi-final. Roscommon led by 1-07 to 0-04 against last year’s Hastings Cup Champions with Gerard Keenan scoring the Roscommon goal. Offaly reduced the arrears to just two points when Cian Farrell scored for the Faithful County. Farrell’s penalty was saved, but he pounced to blast the rebound to the back of the Roscommon net.
Two goals in the space of two minutes put Roscommon back in control. On 41 minutes, Hubert Darcy slotted home a penalty, and then in the 43rd minute, Brian Stack reacted quickest to slot home after Eoin McCormack’s initial shot came back off the Offaly crossbar. The win is Roscommon’s first of the Hastings competition after suffering defeats to Cavan, Longford, and Westmeath in the group stages
Meanwhile, in the second of the Hastings Cup Semi-finals played in Oliver Lynch Park in Abbeylara today, Meath defeated Cavan by four points to book a place in next weekend’s decider against Longford. Two goals from David McLoughlin and Fionn Reilly helped the Royal County to a 2-09 to 1-08 triumph, with Jason McMahon scoring Cavan’s goal in the first half. McMahon’s goal and an early point put last year’s beaten finalists into a 1-01 to no score lead after just three minutes, but Meath responded with five unanswered points to lead by a point.
Meath struck with their goals from McLoughlin and Reilly in the space of a couple of minutes to help them to a 2-05 to 1-05 lead at the interval, and Meath held on in a low scoring second-half to run out winners by four points.
Cavan manager Niall Lynch spoke with Shannonside Northern Sounds Damien Donohue after the game and he said ‘ there were few positives to take from the game. he have a great panel but we were missing our Ramor United contingent. The two goals were crucial. we had a horrible few minutes between the 5th and 21st minute of the first half where we didn’t transition into attack. we are disappointed to lose but we are happy that they are listening to to whats they’ve been coached to do and they’ll work hard until the championship begins in March’.
last night Longford booked their place in the final with a 2-13 to 3-08 win over Leitrim.