Second-half collapse means defeat for Roscommon

Another Roscommon second-half collapse saw Fermanagh secure a late 13 points to 12 victory in Brewster Park writes Michael Cooke.

The Rossies led by nine points to three at half-time before a second-half resurgence saw Ryan McMenamin’s team emerge victorious.

It took Fermanagh until the 21st minute to get off the mark while Roscommon had five points on the board at that stage.


Niall Kilroy, Brian Stack, Donie Smith and Cian McKeon (two) all on target for Anthony Cunningham’s side.

Fermanagh reduced the deficit to three in the 26th minute but failed to register as score for the remainder of the half.

Roscommon added four more points before the interval including two from play supplied by Niall Kilroy and Evan McGrath.

The first 23 minutes of the second-half were disappointing from a Roscommon perspective where they only returned two points.

Fermanagh capitalised on their collapse and a point from Ultan Kelm levelled the game at 10 points each 11 minutes from time.

A subsequent point from Conall Jones gave Fermanagh the lead, Roscommon restoring a one-point advantage after Fintan Cregg and Cian McKeon added a point each.

Fermanagh grabbed victory with three additional time points, Ciaran Corrigan scoring what provded to be the winner.

The result is a detrimental one for Roscommon with the Connacht champions dropping to the bottom of the division two table.