Galway claim Connacht Under-21 honours

Galway 1-17 Roscommon 2-11

Galway claim Connacht Under-21 honours

Galway 1-17 Roscommon 2-11

Galway secured their 17th Cadbury Connacht Under-21 Football title courtesy of a 1-17 to 2-11 win after extra-time at Dr. Hyde Park this evening.

The Tribesmen went 23 minutes without a score in the second half, but hit three of the last four points - with Shane Walsh registering all of those scores - to force extra-time.

In extra-time, Galway looked the more convincing side with Ian Burke, Gary Kelly, Shane Maughan and Walsh all on target to earn a three-point victory.

Early on, Galway had made a powerful start to the provincial decider with Cathal Mulryan finding the Roscommon net after just 43 seconds with the sun in the eyes of Roscommon goalkeeper Tadhg Lowe.

But the hosts responded strongly with Conor Daly picking out Donie Smith with a long range pass, and Smith finishing past Thomas Healy for an equalising goal.

The sides traded points on two occasions with the game tied at 1-2 apiece after 10 minutes.

Galway moved ahead thanks to a Walsh point, but the Tribesmen were under pressure at the back.

A right-footed goal shot from close range from Smith smashed off the post after forward James Shaughnessy and net minder Healy had collided.

Walsh extended Galway's lead to two points entering the second quarter, but Finbar Cregg's 20th-minute goal, allied to a Smith point, gave Roscommon a 2-3 to 1-4 lead approaching the break.

Smith had a further goal chance blocked by Galway 'keeper Healy, while at the opposite end a rasping Ian Burke shot was palmed over the crossbar by Lowe.

There was an exchange of points before the half-time whistle with Colin Compton on target for Roscommon and Burke claiming another Galway point to make it 2-4 to 1-6.

Burke tied the game with his third point of the evening on the restart, but Smith put Roscommon back in front.

Both teams were reduced to 14 men following separate instances, with Galway losing corner back Eoin Walsh while Smith saw red for the Rossies.

Roscommon led by 2-6 to 1-7 at this stage, but Galway finished strongly with Walsh snapping their 23-minute scoreless spell in the 55th minute.

Ciaran Murtagh restored Roscommon's three-point lead, but a trio of Walsh points forced extra-time.

Galway moved 1-14 to 2-9 ahead at half-time in extra-time, with Ian Burke and Gary Kelly taking points. Ciaran Murtagh did his best to keep Roscommon in touch.

Murtagh again pointed on the restart, but Galway showed the necessary composure as scores from Burke, Maughan and Walsh helped them to another provincial crown.

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