Gaelic Park thriller

Kerry 1-10  Roscommon 0-12 Roscommon lost a tough game to Kerry last Sunday in Gaelic Park by the narrowest of margins in the championship semi-final, having beaten Tyrone four days earlier in a bruising encounter. Roscommon played beautiful football all summer.    Roscommon had the opening point by Colm Morris after two minutes. Kerry replied with two points before Roscommon replied with a point from Mike Gilmartin. Roscommon had a great chance for a goal when John Walsh, after a good run, found Kieran Keavney one on one with the goalkeeper but the Kerry goalie made a great save.    A point from a free by Shane Lannon put Roscommon ahead before Kerry again tied it with a free. The game continued in this nip and tuck manner as Roscommon went ahead when Mike Travers slotted over a good point from out on the left. Kerry again answered with a point.   Kerry got their nose in front for only the second time in the half from a close-in free. For the fifth time the sides were again level when Colm Morris had his second point for Roscommon. Keavney, after a good run in from the right, fisted Roscommon’s sixth  point of the half. This was the difference between the sides as the half time whistle went: Roscommon 0-6 Kerry 0-5.    Kerry got the first point of the second half from a free, inside a minute. Colm Morris got his third point of the game, then Kerry got two back, then it was Roscommon’s turn to get two. Shane Lannon slotted over two frees to give Roscommon the lead again. Nip and tuck continued with Kerry getting a point before Colm Morris was again on target. Then a Kerry point gave us a tied game for the tenth time. Shane Lannon’s third point gave us the minimum lead with three minutes left.   Probably the biggest slip-up in the game for Roscommon followed. Kerry fouled the ball on the twenty-metre line. The resulting free was picked by a Kerryman who fed the ball to a waiting forward. His kick was blocked down by the Roscommon goalie, but was then booted to the net, leaving Roscommon two down and time running out – which forced Roscommon to try for a goal. Kerry held tight, only conceding a twenty-metre free which was slotted over and then came the final whistle to end a heart-breaker for Roscommon. Roscommon: John Stack, Ollie Hoare, Kenneth Dowling, Niall Travers, Declan Coyne, Sean Higgins, Paul Beirne, Shane Lannon, (0-5); John Walsh, Ronan Coyne, Michael Gilmartin, (0-1); Danny Sullivan, (capt.); Michael Travers(0-1); Kieran keavney(0-1); Colm Morris, (0-1). Subs: Aiden Smyth, Andrew Collins,Richie Maher, John O’Malley, Paul Levins.