Bad day for Roscommon soccer

Roscommon League 1 Galway League 2 Roscommon went into this game bottom of the group with one point, but in their last game against the Donegal League were very unlucky not to pick up a draw. Roscommon manager Gerry Tully was very happy with his team’s display on that occasion but felt Roscommon deserved a point from that game. He faced into this game without six players due to injury. Meanwhile, Galway beat Donegal away and Mayo at home, but lost to Inishowen league at Terryland Park. This was a bad day for a Roscommon team who started brightly in this game, but the energy was short-lived, as Galway took control of the game. Galway won the first corner of the game on six minutes but it was well defended by the Roscommon back four. Galway league opened the scoring, with a fine goal from Robbie Porter on twenty-two minutes. Galway won a free-kick just outside the Roscommon box. Galway’s Alan O’Donovan picked out Seamus Rabbitte whose shot was well-saved by Miskell in the Roscommon goal. The first yellow cards of the game went Roscommon’s Gary Egan and Galway’s Ollie Keogh for handbags at dawn. On twenty-three minutes, after some good build up play from Roscommon, Conor McSharry had the best chance to get Roscommon back into the game, but shot wide. Galway won a corner, which saw Alan O’Donovan arriving late in the box to shoot just wide of the Roscommon goal. Forty minutes into the game, after some fine play down the right side, Galway’s Alan O’Donovan crossed to Eric Browne who headed just over the bar. Roscommon were very poor in the first half and did not have a single shot on target. Half-time score Roscommon League 0 Galway League 1 The start of the second half was no better for Roscommon, with Galway playing the little football that was on show. Ex-League of Ireland player Oille Keogh ran into the Roscommon box and scored Galway’s second goal of the game. It looked over for Roscommon who never looked like scoring in this game.  With sixty three minutes on the clock, Galway won a corner on the right side and Seamus Rabbitte headed just over the Roscommon bar. The game was dying slowly, but with just nine minutes left on the clock, Roscommon won a corner on the left side. Darragh Concannon fired in a low cross to the near post which was met by James Coyle to put Roscommon back into the game. That was Roscommon’s first and only shot on target in the whole game. Galway had a goal disallowed for offside in the dying minutes of the game. The final whistle ended what was a very poor game for both side. Roscommon must go back to the drawing board for next season and look at the set up, and ask why so many of the league’s top players will not turn out for the league team, not like other leagues and why did so many players play in mid week games with this big game coming up. Credit is due to the management of the Roscommon league, who are second to none and give the players the best, not like other leagues. Roscommon League: D Miskell, D Webb, G Furey, G Kelly, P Kelly, G Egan, D Conannon, J Coyle, C McSharry, N Corbett, M Mulvihill. Subs: D Miskell, P Stephens. Galway League: P Lally, S Rabbitte, B Lawless, S Rabbitte  E Browne, J O’Driscoll, R Porter, O Keogh, S Coyne, K Ward, A O’Donovan. Subs: S Walsh, M Tierney, B Geraghty, J Egan. Manager Comments Gerry Tully Roscommon League manager told the People he was very disappointed with his team overall display. Stephen Lally Galway league manager told the People he was very happy with the result ‘but we can play better’.