League glory for Roscommon minors

Connacht Minor Football League

Roscommon’s minor footballers claimed the Connacht Minor League title for 2016 when they had 11 points to spare over Leitrim at the St. Mary’s grounds in Carrick-on-Shannon last Saturday evening.

  Roscommon’s huge win against Mayo earlier in the league proved crucial as Roscommon won the title on scoring difference.

  Galway were beaten by Sligo earlier on Saturday and that opened the door for Kieran Kilkenny’s men who duly delivered the victory they needed.

  The opening half was well contested and Roscommon had points from Cian McKeon (2 frees) and Daniel Glynn before Roscommon scored their first goal from Ciaran Lennon just before half-time. At the break Roscommon led by two, 1-3 to 0-4.

  In the third quarter Roscommon scored five points without reply and that scoring burst proved decisive. Ciaran Lennon (2), Brian Derwin, Keith Murphy and Cian McKeon were all on target.

  Leitrim did get a couple of points back after that but Roscommon finished strongly and points from Daniel Glynn and Conor Shanagher and a goal from Cian McKeon saw Roscommon win out comfortably in the end.

  After the game Roscommon captain Keith Murphy was presented with the Connacht Minor League trophy by Connacht GAA vice president Gerry McGovern.

Roscommon: A Brady; P Halpin, A Dowd, D Carroll; M McGloin, D McManus, M Bourke; J Fetherstone, C Shanagher (0-1); D Glynn (0-2), D Beirne, L Daly; K Murphy (0-1), C Lennon (1-2), C McKeon (1-4). Subs: G Kelly for Daly, B Derwin (0-3) for Beirne, N Murray for Bourke, D Duff for Halpin, L Mollahan for Fetherstone, J Curley for Shanagher.