Hurlers crushed by rampant Lilywhites

Allianz National Hurling League Division 2B

Kildare 4-15  Roscommon 0-10

Roscommon hurlers’ woes continued at sunny Dr. Hyde Park last Sunday when they were put to the sword by a rampant Kildare team who were dominant in every sector and who had the league points in the bag by half-time.

A third defeat on the trot means that Johnny Keane’s men must now beat Derry next Sunday to avoid relegation.

It was 0-3 each after ten minutes with Roscommon’s points coming from Cathal Dolan (2) and Ben McGahon, but it was a false dawn for the home side as Kildare let loose from that point until the interval. The Lilywhites hit 3-10 without reply before the break. David Slattery was on target with two goals and Jack Sheridan grabbed one as the visitors opened up, and at half-time it was 3-15 to 0-4.

With the points already safely secured, Kildare made several changes in the second half as they began to look ahead to their final group game against Mayo.

For Roscommon, it was another painful day in a division where they have been out of their depth thus far.

Roscommon: Enda Lawless; Paul Dolan (0-1), Darren Fallon, Sean Trundle; Eoghan Costello, Shane Naughton, Peter Kellehan (0-1); Ben McGahon (0-2), Aengus Lyons; Conor Mulry, Jason Kilkenny, Conall Kennelly; Cathal Kenny (0-1), Cathal Dolan (0-5, 4 frees), Matthew Comerford. Subs: Donal Kelly for Trundle, Naos Connaughton for Lyons, Conor Coyle for Fallon, Michael Brennan for Mulry, Eoin Coyle for Kilkenny.