Roscommon and Galway share spoils at windswept Hyde

It ended honours even at Dr Hyde Park on Sunday afternoon as Roscommon and Galway couldn’t be separated after a dour struggle in front of 6128 people. A very strong wind ruined any chance of open attacking football and defences were on top all through. Roscommon struggled with the aid of the wind in the opening half and looked to be in trouble when the scores were locked at 0-4 each after 28 minutes.

Then three points from Conor Cox (2 frees) before the break saw the home side ahead by 0-7 to 0-4 at the interval. The second half was a fierce battle. Ben O’Carroll and Diarmuid Murtagh pointed by the 51st minute, Roscommon now 0-9 to 0-6 in front.

Galway were on top toward the end of the game. Points from Kieran Molloy, Matthew Tierney and Paul Conroy levelled the scores by the 63rd minute. Donie Smith had received a red card for a tackle on Paul Conroy in the 61st minute. Incredibly, there were no more scores in the match. Galway were wide with three late chances but Roscommon held out for a draw. Final score: Roscommon 0-9 Galway 0-9