Hurlers draw some comfort from competitive opening

O’Halloran: ‘More opportunities for players this Sunday’

Allianz NHL Division 3A
Roscommon 0-20 Tyrone 1-17

New Roscommon senior hurling manager, Francis O’Halloran, praised the fighting spirit of his players after last Sunday’s hard-fought draw against Tyrone at Dr. Hyde Park as he prepares to give new players an opportunity this weekend against Louth.

  “It was a real game of two halves and at least we didn’t lose it. In the past, if Roscommon went down by a point or two late on they would have lost the match, but the lads showed great character to battle back for the draw. Look, it’s a match we wanted to win so we are disappointed, but we got something out of it and that’s the main thing,” he told People Sport this week.

  Padraig Kelly’s late point in injury-time ensured that Roscommon salvaged an opening day draw after the visitors staged a second-half comeback.

  Roscommon, with Cathal Dolan deadly accurate from frees and play, led at half-time by 0-14 to 0-5 having played with the aid of the elements. But Tyrone dominated after the break and CJ McGourty’s goal three minutes into the second half began their revival.

  Tyrone sharpshooter Damien Casey, who scored 0-12 on the day, pointed deep into injury-time to give his side the lead, but Padraig Kelly saved Roscommon with a fine point from distance to level the scores at the final whistle.

  O’Halloran says his charges have been working hard this week and will be ready for the challenge of Louth on Sunday.

  “We will do our video analysis and we will be ready for the game against Louth on Sunday. This is a very competitive division and we saw last Sunday where Louth were unlucky not to beat Armagh, so there will not be a puck of a ball between the teams,” he said.

  “We had a number of players that played well on Sunday last and some more who didn’t go that well, so we will be looking at a few more lads on Sunday next. It’s all about putting a good panel together for later in the year. Having said that, the game against Louth is one we want to win,” he concluded.

Roscommon: Noel Fallon; Martin Comerford, Peter Kellehan, Ronan Kilcline; Hugh Rooney, Conor Cosgrave, Conor Coyle; Padraig Kelly (0-1), Eoghan Costello (0-1); Mickey Joe Egan (0-3), Daniel Glynn (0-1), Cathal Dolan (0-10, 6 frees); Brendan Mulry (0-1), Naos Connaughton, Eoin Fitzgerald (0-3). Subs: Liam Óg Murray for Connaughton (52), Adam Donnelly for Mulry (66), Mickey Lohan for Egan (70).