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Kepak Roscommon SHC Semi-Final: Oran 4-13 Roscommon Gael 0-7

Oran powered their way into this year’s county senior hurling final when they totally outclassed a very disappointing Roscommon Gaels side in this one-sided semi-final played at a sodden Athleague last Saturday evening.

  A torrential downpour during the curtain raiser between Pádraig Pearses and Athleague meant that referee Christy Browne had to conduct a pitch inspection before agreeing to allow the game to go ahead and the heavy underfoot conditions were a factor throughout the game.

 However, the conditions didn’t bother the Oran lads, who were always in total control. They led by 13 points at half-time, and although the Gaels improved somewhat in the second half the gap was 18 at the end of a lopsided contest.

  Oran scored a goal with almost their first attack when Cathal Kenny raced through and kicked the sliothar to the net in the 4th minute and then points from Shane McDermott (2) and a Jerry Fallon free opened up a 1-3 to 0-0 lead by the 10th minute.     

  Davy Waldron opened the Gaels’ account in the 18th minute with a fine point from play. Jerry Fallon pointed two more frees for Oran and a ’65 from Damien Healy saw the Gaels register just their second point. But disaster was to strike for the Gaels in the final three minutes before half-time as Oran scored two goals which finished the game as a contest.

  In the 28th minute, Cathal Kenny grabbed his second goal of the game from close range and then after a point from Hugh Rooney, Jerry Fallon lined up a 20 metre free in the 31st minute and blasted it to the net and the half- time score read Oran 3-6 Roscommon Gaels 0-2.

  The second half was a low-key affair as Oran were in total command. Cillian Egan and Chris Duignan did get two points in a row for the Gaels but Oran then rattled off four points without reply from Jerry Fallon (3), and Mike Dwyer, and by the 45th minute it was 3-11 to 0-4.

  In the final quarter, the game petered out to its inevitable conclusion with the Gaels scoring points from Gary Waldron (2) and Oisin Hession. But with Jerry Fallon in deadly accurate free-talking form, Oran were always in the driving seat and they put the icing on the cake in the third minute of injury-time when their best player Mike Dwyer, raced through for goal number four.

  Oran will face a much tougher test in the final but on Saturday last they did what they had to do. Best for them on the day were Paul Kenny, Hugh Rooney, Mike Dwyer, Tom Fetherston, John Crehan, Jerry Fallon and Cathal Kenny. The Gaels were well beaten on the day but Kenny Doolan, Gary Waldron and Cillian Egan never gave up trying.

Oran: Padraig McInerney; Mark Gunning, Enda Morris, Kevin Crehan; Darragh McCormack, Paul Kenny, Hugh Rooney (0-2); John Crehan, Mike Dwyer (1-1); Gearóid Keenan, Thomas Fetherston, Jerry Fallon (1-8, 1-6 frees); Cathal Kenny (2-0), David Ryan, Shane McDermott (0-2). Subs: Gary Concannon for J Crehan 48), Robert Varley for Fetherston (52), Michael T McCormack for Gunning (53), Colm Mahon for Keenan (57), Keith McDermott for S McDermott (58).

Roscommon Gaels: Diarmuid Mulry; Niall Tannian, Brian Concannon, Eoin Browne; Paul Lennon, Kenny Doolan, Gearóid Egan; Fintan Doyle, Oisin Hession (0-1); Chris Duignan (0-1), Anthony Clogher, Gary Waldron (0-2); Davy Waldron (0-1), Cillian Egan (0-1), Damien Healy (0-1, ’65). Subs: Gerry Clogher for A Clogher (17), James Walker for Healy (36), Luke Clogher for Tannian (39), Diarmuid Guthrie for Doyle (49), Craig Tarmey for Lennon (55).

Referee: Christy Browne (Galway)