Roscommon coasted to the easiest of victories when they had a whopping 18 points to spare against a very under strength Galway side at the University of Galway Connacht GAA air dome on Friday night. Roscommon, who themselves fielded with a number of inexperienced players, dominated from the first whistle and with Diarmuid Murtagh, Conor Cox and Keith Doyle playing well the scores began to mount.
Roscommon’s first goal came in the 9th minute, a splendid team effort finished by Eoin McCormack, and by the time Niall Higgins received a black card in the 27th minute Roscommon were leading by 1-12 to 0-4. Cathal Heneghan was also prominent as Davy Burke’s team led by 1-14 to 0-6 at the break.
The pattern continued in the second half and every member of the Roscommon panel got game time and by the end of the game Roscommon had 14 different scorers. The second goal came from Enda Smith in the 66th minute when he fisted home from close-range after another sweeping Roscommon move.
What Davy Burke and his selectors would have learned from this canter is questionable but the year has started with a trophy and it was fitting that Diarmuid Murtagh lifted the Paddy Francis Dwyer Cup on his 100th appearance for Roscommon. However the league opener against Tyrone in Omagh on Sunday week will be a far bigger challenge, Final score: Roscommon 2-25 Galway 0-13