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Hurlers retain Ring Cup status in stunning style Christy Ring Cup 1st Round: Roscommon 2-20 Tyrone 0-15

Roscommon’s senior hurlers rose to a new level and scored one of their best wins in many years when they convincingly defeated Derry in the first round of the Christy Ring in Athleague on Saturday.

  Derry, who reached the final of last year’s Christy Ring Cup, had no answer for the Roscommon men who played some great hurling overall.      

  From the throw-in Roscommon were the better team. Cillian Egan opened the scoring in the first minute when he collected the ball on the right wing, took on his man and scored a tremendous point.

  Jerry Fallon scored seven points in the first half, four frees, two from play, and a superb sideline cut as well.

  Adrian Murphy, Thomas Fetherston and Cathal Dolan completed the scoring in the first half for Roscommon.

  Derry battled well but Roscommon always had their noses in front and the accuracy of Jerry Fallon from the placed ball was crucial. By half-time Roscommon led by 0-11 to 0-8.

  Roscommon started the second half brightly with two points from Tomas Fetherston and a score from Tomas Seale. Derry stayed in touch with four unanswered points. Two fine long-range points from Alan Moore and Eamon Flanagan fired up Roscommon again. Both teams were wasteful in front of goal in that second half with Roscommon the bigger offenders.

  Then on 60 minutes with a scoreline reading Roscommon 0-16 Derry 0-14, Jerry Fallon got a second yellow card which saw Roscommon down to fourteen men. But despite that setback Roscommon were inspired after the sending off and every player raised their game showing what they were made of.

  Sub Jamie Lawlor and then Cillian Egan found the Derry net with excellent goals in quick succession to see off the Derry challenge in the final eight minutes. Roscommon’s fourteen men outscored Derry 2-4 to 0-1 in the final ten minutes.

  In a fitting finish team captain Micheal Kelly scored a fine long-range point to leave Roscommon eleven  points to the good at the final whistle. 

  Best for Roscommon were (once again) the full-back line of Ian Delaney, Peter Kellehan and Liam Kilcline. Micheal Kelly, Eamon Flanagan, Cathal Dolan and Tomas Featherson commanded the middle area of the field and Cillian Egan and Jerry Fallon were outstanding up front.

Roscommon: Noel Fallon; Ian Delaney, Peter Kellehan, Liam Kilcline; Jason Kilkenny, Micheal Kelly (0-1), Alan Moore (0-1); Cathal Dolan (0-1), Eamon Flanagan (0-1); Tomas Seale (0-1), Tomas Fetherston (0-3), Jerry Fallon (0-7, four frees and a sideline cut); Cillian Egan (1-3), Ronan O’Meara,  Adrian Murphy (0-1). Subs: Jamie Lawlor (1-0) for Murphy, Naos Connaughton (0-1) for O’Meara, Hugh Rooney for Seale, Warren Boyle for Flanagan.

Derry: C Quinn; S McCullagh, C McSorley, E McGuckian; P Cleary, O McCluskey, D O’Neill; T McCloskey (0-1), B Quigley (0-2); B Og McGilligan, M McGuigan (0-1), G O’Kane; S Farren (0-2), R Convey (0-7, 6 frees), A Grant (0-2). Subs: J McCullagh for Quigley, D Foley for McGilligan, S Quinn for McGuckian, B Douban for O’Kane.

Referee: J Keane (Galway).