Hurlers bow out of Christy Ring Cup

Christy Ring Cup Quarter-Final: Down 1-14 Roscommon 1-7

Roscommon hurlers made the long trip to Ballycran on Saturday last to play the Christy Ring quarter-final. The conditions were very tough as the weather was wet and cold and the pitch was unusually hard, which led to a very slippery surface, making it difficult for the players on both sides. 

   The first half was evenly contested with both teams coming to terms with the conditions and their opponents. 

  Roscommon’s Jerry Fallon opened the scoring with a free, which was followed by a good point from play by Tomas Seale. Eamon Flanagan and Jerry Fallon levelled the match on four apiece after twenty-five minutes, with good points from play. Cathal Dolan completed Roscommon’s first-half tally of six points and at half-time Down led by just a single point (0-7 to 0-6).

   Roscommon started the second half brightly when full-forward Jamie Lawlor broke through the Down defence and kicked the ball – it flew over the bar, but it could just as easily have been a goal.

  Down then began to get the better of the exchanges and they set up their eventual win by scoring seven points without reply.

  Roscommon sub Naos Connaughton threw the Rossies a lifeline with a well-taken goal, but this proved too little too late for the gallant visitors.

  Down then finished the scoring with a late goal from Conor Woods. This left a final score of 1-14 to 1-7 in favour of the home side.

  Roscommon played well in this tough encounter but the second long distance away match in a week, and the absence of two key players, Jason Kilkenny and Ronan O’Meara, took its toll.

  The Roscommon men can be very proud of their efforts in 2016 with their promotion in the league and their retention of their Christy Ring Cup status for 2017. 

  Best for Roscommon were the half-back line of Shane Curley, Micheal Kelly and – in particular – Alan Moore, who put in some great tackles and held that line very well. In the middle of the field, Cathal Dolan and Eamon Flanagan battled well. Up front, Thomas Featherson, Jamie Lawlor and sub Naos Connaughton were best.

Roscommon: Noel Fallon; Ian Delaney, Peter Kellehan, Liam Kilcline; Shane Curley, Micheal Kelly, Alan Moore; Cathal Dolan (0-1), Eamon Flanagan (0-1); Tomas Seale (0-1), Thomas Fetherston, Jerry Fallon (0-2, one free); Cillian Egan, Jamie Lawlor (0-2), Adrian Murphy. Subs used: Gearoid Keenan for Murphy, Conor Mulry for Seale, Naos Connaughton (1-0) for Fallon, Hugh Rooney for Egan, Ciaran Shaw for Lawlor.