Roscommon hurlers narrowly miss out on Nicky Rackard Cup final

Roscommon hurlers came within a puck of a ball of a place in the Nicky Rackard Cup final on Saturday at Dr Hyde Park when they drew with Mayo after a thrilling game that they had to win to progress. Final score: Roscommon 1-19 Mayo 2-16.

Mayo always had the edge in the first half and when Sean Regan converted a penalty in the 30th minute it helped the visitors into a 1-10 to 0-9 half-time lead.

When Mayo ace forward Cormac Phillips scored a second goal in the 48th minute, Mayo were 8 points up (2-13 to 0-11) but Roscommon finished strongly and had several chances to win the game. Brendan Mulry scored an excellent goal in the 57th minute and points from Robbie Fallon and James Hardiman left only one in it with 11 minutes left. Mayo edged three ahead by the 65th minute but points from James Hardiman and sub Sean Canning saw the gap down to one in injury-time and Conor Mulry levelled it in the 72nd minute.

Roscommon missed a number of scoreable chances from play and frees and just could not get ahead, so it is Mayo who qualify for the final against Donegal on scoring difference.