Late surge secures win for Boyle

Hodson Bay Roscommon SFC Round 4 (Group A): Boyle 3-11 Roscommon Gaels 3-9

A late surge from Boyle, which yielded 1-3, propelled the north Roscommon side to an important victory over Roscommon Gaels in a rip-roaring contest played in Orchard Park, Elphin last Sunday afternoon.

  In a game which ebbed and flowed throughout, it was Mick Jordan’s side who showed the greater will to win when the game was in the balance with time running out, turning a three-point deficit into a two-point winning margin in sensational fashion.

  Both teams enjoyed periods of dominance in the opening half but it was Boyle who drew first blood when Darren O’Connor fisted home in the 14th minute, at which point they led the tie by 1-2 to 0-3.

  The Gaels took nine minutes to reply, with Cian Connolly steering home a penalty in the 25th minute. But again the momentum switched to Boyle and three points on the trot from Kieran Cox, Cian McKeon and Jim Suffin handed them a two-point lead at the break – 1-5 to 1-3.

  Kieran Kilcline struck for the Gaels second goal in the 39th minute following a neat one-two with Cillian Egan, and they took control of the tie with points from James McDermott (0-2), Kilcline and Connolly to lead 2-7 to 1-7 at the three-quarter mark.

  But Boyle rose again and substitute Cillian Cox goaled in the 51st minute, leveling matters with five minutes remaining. There would still prove to be further twists in the tail as a Connolly goal put the Gaels back in the driving seat.

  However, it was Boyle who showed the greater desire late on with Mark O’Connor’s fisted effort accompanied by points from O’Connor, East and McKeon sealing victory, in what was one of the most enthralling games of the championship thus far.

Boyle: R Kearney; G Gilmore, M Hanmore, C Beirne; D East (0-1), S Purcell, T McKenna; K Cox (0-1), R Hanmore; C Flanagan, J Suffin (0-1), M O’Donoghue; C McKeon (0-5), D O’Connor (1-2), D Callaghan (0-1). Subs used: M O’Connor (1-0), C Cox (1-0), C Goldrick.

Roscommon Gaels: J Featherstone; Kevin Kilcline, L McNeela, R Gleeson; P Gleeson, J McManus, K O’Gara; D O’Gara (0-1), B O’Gara; A Duignan, C Egan, Kieran Kilcline (1-1); B Kelly; A Duignan, J McDermott (0-2), C Connolly (2-5). Subs used: O Hannon, R Horan, J Nolan, J O’Gara, J Conteh.

Referee: V Hardiman.