All-Ireland SFC Preliminary Quarter-Final
Roscommon footballers are out of this year’s All-Ireland SFC following a heartbreaking one-point defeat by Cork at Paurc Ui Caoimh this afternoon.
A fisted point from Kevin O’Donovan settled a pulsating match that could have gone either way.
The opening half was a tense affair and Roscommon were in control for most of the way and with Enda Smith and Diarmuid Murtagh outstanding, they led by 0-7 to 0-3 by the 26th minute.
Indeed Enda Smith could have had a goal in the 21st minute but his powerful shot was well saved by Micheal Martin.
But Cork came strong before half-time and three points without reply saw them within a point at the break: Rioscommon 0-7 Cork 0-6.
In the second half Roscommon’s kick out strategy imploded and Cork took full advantage. The goal that the Rebel County were threatening came in the 57th minute when Coror Corbett finished after a fine pass from Sean Powter.
Cork went on to lead by five (1-13 to 0-11) in the 61st minute. But Roscommon came storming back into the game and scored five out of next six points with Diarmuid Murtagh on target with three.
With the sides level at 1-13 to 0-16 deep into injury-time Conor Daly was penalised for throwing the ball to himself and Cork went down the field and O’Donovan fisted the winner.
Then in the final seconds Enda Smith received a red card after a clash with Cork’s Tommy Walsh and seconds later it was all over.
After last year’s defeat to Clare it is the second year in a row that Roscommon have bowed out at the last 12 stage of the championship.