With Lee Henderson totting up a 10-point tally and Seán McVeigh, Paddy Hannigan and Paul Sheridan grabbing the goals – McVeigh’s solo effort a contender for goal of the year — they had just enough in hand to follow up their success in the Lory Meagher Cup two years ago.
Scorers for Donegal: L Henderson (0-10, 7fs), P Hannigan, S McVeigh (1-1 each), P Sheridan (1-0), D Cullen (0-3), C Mathewson, S Boyle (0-2 each), J Boyle (0-1).
Scorers for Roscommon: Gerry Fallon (2-9, 2-7fs), Cathal Kelly (1-1), R Fallon (0-2), J Lawlor, Gary Fallon, E Kenny, N Kilroy (0-1 each).
DONEGAL: P Burns; B Harrigan, J McGee, M McGrath; C McDermott, J Donnelly, J Boyle; R McDermott, D Cullen; L Henderson, S McVeigh, E McDermott; C Mathewson, P Hannigan, S Boyle. Subs: P Sheridan for S Boyle 43; J Browne for McGee 61; K Campbell for E McDermott 64
ROSCOMMON: P Dolan; S Curley, R O’Meara, I Delaney; S Melia, M Kelly, N Keenan; J Lawlor, A Murphy; Cormac Kelly, Gerry Fallon, C Egan; R Fallon, Gary Fallon, Cathal Kelly. Subs: N Kilroy for Egan 29; D Nolan for Murphy 42; C Dolan for Keenan 49; E Kenny for Cormac Kelly 53
Referee: P Murphy (Carlow).