Hurlers still unbeaten after Monaghan draw


Allianz NHL Division 3A: Monaghan 0-16 Roscommon 1-13


On a bright but cold day in Inniskeen, the Roscommon hurlers battled back to ensure a share of the spoils with their Monaghan counterparts. After an impressive performance in the opening game against Louth, Roscommon were hoping for a repeat performance against Monaghan and it was a well-contested game.

  Monaghan were slightly the better side in the opening half with Fergal Rafter on target with frees but Daniel Glynn and Cillian Egan were also impressive for Roscommon and by half-time the score was Monaghan 0-10 Roscommon 0-7.

  Eamon Flanagan found the back of the net to leave a single point between the teams early in the second half before Daniel Glynn equalised from a free on 42 minutes.

  It was score for score for much of the second half  with the sides level four times. On 58 minutes, Roscommon were dealt a blow when Naos Connaughton was sent off for an off the ball altercation.

  With the sides level, Roscommon attacked late in the game and as they advanced and looked likely to score, the referee blew the final whistle much to the annoyance of the Roscommon players and management.

  On a day when Roscommon never really got going, they fought hard to earn a draw. The focus now switches to the home game against Longford on Sunday week in round three.

Monaghan: P Bermingham; J Guinan, K Cawley, B Flanagan; N Garland, P Finnegan, M Murphy; M Treanor (0-4), P Treanor (0-1); F Rafter (0-6, 5 frees), A Kenny (0-2), C Flynn (0-1); C Boyle, C Power, B McGuigan (0-2). Subs used: C McNally for Boyle, B Connor for B Flanagan, P McKenna for C Power.

Roscommon: J Keane; A Moore, P Kellehan, M Beirne; S Curley (0-1), P Kenny, W Boyle; K Hardiman (0-1), C Kelly; D Glynn (0-9, 8 frees), E Flanagan (1-0), G Keenan; R Fallon, N Connaughton, C Egan (0-2). Subs: D Heavey for C Kelly, J Murray for Fallon, J Brennan for Flanagan.