Match at a glance – Roscommon v Galway

Man of the match: Matthew Clancy (Galway): On the Galway team Kieran Fitzgerald, Gary Sice, Barry Cullinane, Padraig Joyce, Paul Conroy and Michael Meehan all did well, while for Roscommon Senan Kilbride was outstanding. Others who did well were Cathal Cregg and sub David O’Gara but the best player on view was Matthew Clancy who worked like trojan all through and was very prominent even when Galway were struggling before half-time. He won an amount of breaking ball and scored 1-3 into the bargain.  Weather: Warm, breezy and showery. It made the surface very slippery, which did not help the quality of the game. Crowd: Even though 11,080 sounds like a poor crowd for a Roscommon v Galway game it was not bad on the day and a lot more than I was expecting. €30 for a seat in the stand was also far too expensive and the high cost of games may now be starting to affect attendances. Entertainment value: Poor. The standard of football was low in the first half and there was hardly a cheer in the second half as Galway pulled away. Referee Watch: A poor outing for Joe McQuillan. Gary Cox should not have been sent off while Barry Cullinane should have got his marching orders. I know it wouldn’t have changed the result but it would have not have been a 16-point game if the referee had done his job properly.