Experimental Roscommon lose to Donegal in charity game

Roscommon senior footballers went down by six points to Donegal, 2-12 to 2-6, in a charity challenge game played in Ballyshannon last Sunday.

Roscommon manager Davy Burke fielded an experimental team which featured several new faces.

Donegal led by 0-9 to 0-2 at half-time with Roscommon’s only first-half scores coming from the boot of Diarmuid Murtagh.

With the aid of the elements in the second half, Roscommon were much better. Conor Cox scored a goal after 10 minutes but shortly afterwards Jamie Brennan replied with a similar score for Donegal.

Roscommon sub Donie Smith converted a late penalty with five minutes to go, reducing the margin to three points at that stage. However, a late Donegal goal restored their lead to six points by the final whistle.

Roscommon: Conor Carroll; David Murray, Evan Flynn, Niall Higgins; Niall Daly, Conor Hussey, Senan Lambe; Dylan Ruane, Eoin McCormack; Daire Cregg, Ciaran Lennon, James Fitzpatrick; Cian Connolly, Conor Cox (1-2), Diarmuid Murtagh (0-4, 2 frees). Subs: Keith Doyle, Colin Walsh, Donie Smith (1-0, pen), Paddy Gavin, Adam McDermott, Ronan Daly, Luke Glennon.