ROSCOMMON extinguished Mayo’s hopes of making it four Connacht minor titles on the trot in this entertaining provincial semi-final at MacHale Park yesterday.
Brothers Donal and Enda Smith were the heroes in a 3-8 to 1-8 victory.
Mayo got a dream start and had the ball in the Roscommon net within 15 seconds when Evan Regan drilled home. But the Rossies never panicked and recovered with a superb goal when Donal Smith set up his younger brother and the Boyle clubman blasted to the roof of the net after six minutes.
Donal Smith levelled and while Regan edged Mayo back in front, Roscommon tacked on three points from Thomas Corcoran (2) and Donal Smith to lead 1-4 to 1-2 after 23 minutes. Donal Smith ensured his side held a 2-5 to 1-4 interval lead when he goaled nearing the break.
Mayo had wind advantage in the second-half and Ryan Quirke reduced the margin three minutes after the restart. But, crucially, Liam Conlon pounced for a third goal for Roscommon and Mayo were unable to bridge the gap any further.
* GALWAY’S transformed second-half performance made up for their dreadful finishing in Saturday’s Connacht MFC quarter-final at Markievicz Park with midfielder Sean Moran and attacker Shane Walsh emerging as the county’s latest prodigies.
Galway outscored their opponents by eight points in the second-half as goals in the last 10 minutes from centre-forward Ian Burke and Sean Moran fired the Tribesmen to a deserved 2-11 to 1-6 win..
Dual player Gary Cadden goaled for Sligo in between Galway’s major scores but this proved but a consolation as Galway were comfortable victors. The first-half, which ended level at 0-4 each, was notable for Galway’s wastefulness and Sligo’s work-rate. However, Galway’s fortunes turned once they went a point up, 0-6 to 0-5, when Shane Maughan pointed six minutes after the restart.
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