Roscommon Hurling

Gaels stay on winning ways  as Tremane shock Oran  Roscommon Gaels 3-7 St. Dominics          0-3 Roscommon Gaels’ recent upsurge in form was maintained as they totally overpowered a very disappointing St. Dominics team in this one-sided clash played in very poor weather conditions in Athleague last Saturday evening.   The incessant rain made underfoot conditions very difficult for the players but The Gaels coped much better.   The Gaels opened well and Gary Waldron scored their first goal in the 15th minute and then in the 25th minute they got their second goal when the excellent Liam Casey set up Paul Lennon to crack home  a goal and at half-time the town team led by 2-3 to 0-1.   The pattern continued in the second half and Dominics failed to score from play in the entire game and that was part of the reason why they went down so badly. In contrast the Gaels defended brilliantly and John Maloney and Kenny Doolin were in inspirational form. Henry Flanagan smashed home a third goal four minutes from the end to complete a very good day for them. Roscommon Gaels: J. Comiskey; K. Doolan, J. Maloney, D. Clogher; J. Hynes, E. Browne, F. Doyle; D. Waldron, S. Naughton; L. Casey (0-1), C. O’Brien, K. Gately (0-3 frees); P. Lennon (1-0), H. Flanagan (1-0), G. Waldron (1-3). Subs: P. Conlon for O’Brien; G. Clogher for Gately. St. Dominics: M. Miley; M. Beirne, D. Fallon, N. Moran; A. Naughton, P. O’Connor, C. Hunt; L. Murray (0-3 frees), M. Brehony; M. Corrigan, P. Naughton, C.  Fallon; D. Naughton, M. Lyons, P. Keogh. Subs: D. Fallon for P. Naughton; N. Byrne for Hunt; J. Craven for D. Fallon. Referee Peter Mullen.  Athleague 2-10 Padraig Pearses 0-12 Athleague kept their unbeaten run going in this very competitive second game held at Athleague on Saturday evening. Despite the poor weather both sides produced a very good game for the small crowd which braved the elements.   It was Pearses’ first game in the competition and they burst from the blocks to lead by 0-7 to 0-2 after 19 minutes of play.   However Athleague got back into it after Joe Fallon’s goal in the 22nd minute and Athleague got a rather lucky second goal just before half-time when Mervyn Connaoughton’s long-range free went all the way to the Pearses net to leave them 2-3 to 0-8 ahead at the break.   The second half was a hard-fought affair and although Pearses played well Athleague kept their noses in front to keep their unbeaten record with two wins and a draw to their credit. Mervyn Connaught was again the Athleague scoring hero with 1-7. Athleague: D Connell; D. Delaney, N. Connolly, S, Moore; J. Glennon, C. Moran, A. Cunniffe; M. Connaughton (1-7,1-5 frees), J. Connolly; I. Connaughton (0-2), D. McGeeney (0-1), S. McGeeney; T. Reddington, J. Fallon (1-0), T. Connaughton. Subs: JP Murray for Moore;  F. Farrell for T. Connaughton. Padraig Pearses: P. Dolan; A. Loughnane, A. Sweeney, S. Donoghue; C. Sweeney, D.  Loughnane, L. Flynn; R. Donoghue, J. Galvin; C. Kelly, M. Donoghue (0-2), D. Mulvey (0-2, 1 free); S. Sweeney (0-3 frees), A. Sweeney (0-1), P Galvin (0-3). Subs: A. Sweeney for Kelly; J. Mulvey for Flynn. Referee: Brendan McDermott.  Tremane 1-7 Oran 1-5 Tremane caused the shock of the Roscommon SHC so far this year when they had two points to spare over Oran on Sunday last in Athleague.   It wasn’t a great game but that won’t matter to Tremane who are now back in the championship race after this win. Tremane were ahead by 1-1 to 0-3 at the break, Alan Kelly getting the Tremane goal in the 22nd minute on the rebound.   However Oran forged ahead themsleves on the restart when Francie Quine grabbed a goal in the 2nd minute but Adrian Coyne and Marty Healy were in inspirational form and they led their team to an unlikely victory with great points during that second half. Tremane: D. Daly; M. Melia, M. Keaveney, M. Lynch; D. Healy, M. Healy (0-2, frees), J. Blighe; S. Melia, A. Kelly (1-2); A. Purcell, S. Conneally, F. Carr; C. Melia, A. Coyne (0-2), S. Healy (0-1). Subs: P. Lynch for Conneally. Oran: E. Featherstone; J. Carty, S. Lawless, J. Crehan; D. Varley, C. Mahon, K. Carty; P. Crehan, G. Fallon (0-3, 2 frees); T. Crowley, F. Quine (1-2), K. McDermott; D. Beirne, M. Dwyer, B. Flynn. Subs: R. Farrell for Dwyer; S. McDermott for Crehan; J. Shally for Varley. Referee: Anthony Flaherty. This weekend’s previews (All games in Athleague this Sunday 10th June)  Four Roads v Padraig Pearses at 1.30 pm: This has the makings of a cracking game. Four Roads were stung by The Gaels last time out and they will want to get back to winning ways. Pearses were unlucky against Athleague and they will need a win to get their championship going. I’m sitting on the fence here. Prediction: A draw.   Tremane v Roscommon Gaels at 3pm: After two great wins the Gaels will be the favourites here but Tremane’s impressive win over Oran will be a warning to the town team. If the Gaels are complacent the  they will be beaten. However there is a hunger about the Gaels this year that lookes like it might be decisive. It will be close though. Prediction: Roscommon Gaels.   Oran v St. Dominics at 4.30 pm: This is a game between two teams who need a win badly after bad losses last weekend. Dominics were very poor against the Gaels and will have to step up to win here. Oran look the better bet. Prediction: Oran.