Falling at penultimate hurdle

All-Ireland Hurling B semi-final Kildare 1-15 Roscommon 0-8 Kildare ended Roscommon’s dream of reaching the All-Ireland Minor Hurling B Final in a game played at Clonkill, Mullingar on Saturday last.   Kildare started off in cruise control and scored three points in the first five minutes from midfielder John O’Malley, James Phelan and Donal Butler.      Roscommon’s first score came after 18 minute with a well-taken point from Adrian Purcell. Kildare added four more points before Roscommon got their second point after 23 minutes, from Paul Higgins.   Roscommon added two more points, one from David Dolan and the other from a free from Higgins after he had been fouled to leave them trailing by 0-8 to 0-4 at half-time.   Unfortunately for Roscommon the wind died down at the start of the second half and Kildare added two quick points by Padraig Keegan and Donal Butler and then got the crucial score of the game, a goal by left half-forward Keegan.  From this stage on Roscommon were struggling and Kildare finished up comprehensive winners. They now play the winners of Kerry and Armagh.   For Roscommon David Dowd was solid in goal and Joey Carthy was outstanding at full-back. Keelan Boyle did Trojan work in the half-back line and never gave up.      Roscommon struggled at midfield all through and lost Brian Keenan through injury with 15 minutes to go. Up front Adrian Purcell, David Dolan, Cormac Kelly, Niall Kilroy and substitute Cillian Egan impressed most. Roscommon: David Dowd; Mark Keaveney, Joey Carthy, Conor Keane; James Donnelly, Padraig Kelly, Keelan Boyle; E.T. Murray, Brian Keenan; Cormac Kelly, Paul Higgins, Adrian Purcell; Niall Kilroy, Andrew Lawlor, David Dolan. Subs used: Peter Kelleher for Conor Keane, Cillian Egan for Andrew Lawlor, John Kelleher for Paul Higgins and Niall Byrne for E.T. Murray.