‘Best display of the year’ as hurlers hammer Armagh

Roscommon’s senior hurlers have received widespread praise this week following their 5-19 to 2-7 demolition of Armagh in round one of the Nicky Rackard Cup at the Athletic Grounds last Sunday.

  Francis O’Halloran’s charges were rampant in the opening exchanges and romped to a 3-12 to 0-4 half-time lead thanks to the unerring accuracy of Daniel Glynn from frees and goals from Brendan Mulry (1-1), and a brace from the impressive Mickey Joe Egan (2-2).

  The Rossies continued to dominate in the second half, replying to an early Armagh goal with goals from Connell Kennelly and Eoin Kiernan (1-3) to give them their second win in Armagh this year.

  Speaking to People Sport this week, manager Francis O’Halloran described it as Roscommon’s “best display” of 2022.

  “It was our best display of the year and (playing) without Pete Kellehan and Cathal Dolan made it even better,” he said.

  “The lads worked hard and in fact we could have scored even more on the day. Daniel Glynn (0-11, all frees) was superb from frees and Mickey Joe Egan could have scored five goals.

  “Connell Kennelly, Eoin Fitzgerald and Eoin Kiernan also did very well but we do have a few more injuries now. Jason Martin is out and so is Matthew Comerford and there are a few others carrying knocks so we will have to see how we are fixed later in the week”.

  County PRO Padraic Mulry was equally impressed with the Roscommon performance this week and praised the team’s recovery from defeat to Armagh in the league semi-final last month.

  “It was a very good performance especially after losing to them in Hyde Park in the league,” he said.

  “Many of the players felt after that match that they didn’t play to their potential and they were anxious to put things right…and they did that”.

  Confidence is high in Roscommon hurling circles and Mulry believes the team can look forward with optimism to the rest of the Nicky Rackard campaign.

  “We certainly have the players to do well,” he said.

  “The aim now is to qualify for the semi-finals and to get to Croke Park. This Roscommon team is well capable of doing that but we have to take it one step at a time,” he concluded.

  Roscommon were best served last Sunday by Connell Kennelly, Mickey Joe Egan, Daniel Glynn and Hugh Rooney and are now in pole position to advance to the play-off stages.