Roscommon crash out of Oscar Traynor Cup Oscar Traynor Cup

Roscommon District League 1 Clare League 2

Roscommon’s interest in the Oscar Traynor Cup ended at Shiven Rovers grounds in Newbridge last Sunday when they were defeated by an impressive Clare side who started well and then withstood a late surge from the home side. Going into the game Roscommon knew that they would have to win to keep alive their chances of staying in the competition. But with the two other teams (Galway and Mayo) drawing 3-3, this defeat left Enda Concannon’s men out of luck.

  Played on a cold, wet, and windy day, Clare were the more impressive side in the early stages and with Stephen Kelly controlling midfield, they looked dangerous at times. There were a couple of half chances for both sides in the first ten minutes and in the 16th minute Darragh Concannon’s free kick from 25 yards was deflected narrowly over the crossbar by the Clare wall. But good Clare pressure paid off with a well-taken goal in the 24th minute.

  Eoin Whelan was the creator and his cross was turned in by David McCarthy to open the scoring. Indeed Clare could have added to their tally in the 37th minute but McCarthy was just wide with a snap shot from 18 yards and at half-time Clare led 1-0.

  Roscommon began the second half brightly and in the 53rd minute Shane Duffy’s effort rebounded to substitute Johnny Coyne but his shot flashed wide. Then Clare struck for a vital second goal after 57 minutes. David McCarthy was the supply line this time and his cross was headed home from ten yards out by Pat Purcell. Now Roscommon were really up against it.

  But they responded well and played much better after that. In the 69th minute, Enda Kenny’s fine cross was prodded home by Liam Lynch and the home side were back in with a chance. Indeed the impressive Des Hope flashed a header just wide in the 72nd minute. After that Roscommon had a lot of possession but they couldn’t really mount a threat to the Clare goal and the visitors held out for a comfortable enough victory.

  After the match Roscommon team manager Enda Concannon was philosophical about his side’s defeat. “At this level you cannot afford to fall behind. It is very hard to score goals in this competition and when you concede at vital times like we did today then you are facing a struggle. But I can’t fault the commitment of the players. They fought very hard in the second half. I thought that a lot of the decisions didn’t go our way today. The team battled hard and you have to give them ten out of ten for effort and commitment. This is a three year plan with this team and we will come back next year stronger and wiser and hopefully we can progress to the next phase of this competition.”

Goals-Clare: David McCarthy (24 minutes), Pat Purcell (57 minutes). Roscommon: Liam Lynch (69 minutes).

Clare: Yarek Mamala, Conor Mullen, Eoin Whelan, Pat Purcell, Darren Murphy, Stephen Kelly, Enda Craddock, Darragh Corry, Colin Smyth, David McCarthy, Darryl Eade. Subs: Joe Collins for Craddock (64), Alan Kelly for Corry (81), Nigel Roche for McCarthy (88).

Roscommon: Noel Fallon, Cormac Clogher, Des Hope, Peter Keighery, Enda Kenny. Andy Higgins, Shane Duffy, Liam Lynch, Kevin Kenny, Ethan Keogh, Darragh Concannon. Subs: Johnny Coyne for Kenny (Half-time), Nigel Corbett for Duffy and Dylan Edwards for Clogher (both 60).

Referee: Shane O’Brien