U-17 hurlers lose out in Celtic Challenge final

Electric Ireland Celtic Challenge (Corn Jerome O’Leary) Final

Westmeath 0-25 Roscommon 1-12

Roscommon’s U-17 hurlers fell at the final Celtic Challenge hurdle when they suffered a ten-point defeat in the derby decider played at Oliver Plunketts’ GAA Club in Mullingar last Sunday morning.

Ten points from Pádraig Casey proved to be the difference as Westmeath ran out comfortable winners in the end.

Roscommon, under Michael Fallon, fought bravely in the second half having trailed by eight points at the break despite an early goal from Eoghan Canning.

And while they showed signs of improvement as the second half wore on, this young Roscommon team always struggled to get to grips with a talented Westmeath attack.

Westmeath: C Óg Fagan; E Murray, A Flanagan, D O’Malley; J Dolan, S Hayes, S Gavigan; C Ward (0-1), M Davis (0-1); D Corrigan (0-3), P Casey (0-10, four frees, one ’65), M Sinnott (0-2); R Williams (0-4), R O’Brien, L Myler (0-1). Subs used: C Foy (0-1) for Gavigan (23 mins), C Ormsby for Sinnot (42 mins), C Cruise for (0-2) for Myler (48 mins), C Maloney for O’Malley (50 mins), C Lee for Flanagan (50 mins), C Purcell for Corrigan (50 mins), E Gallagher for Murray (54 mins), C Traynor for Dolan (54 mins), C Maher for Davis (60 mins), S Maloney for Foy (60 mins).

Roscommon: E Murray; E Kelly, D Mooney, E Morris; J Kelly, J Tully, S McDermott; R Glynn (0-2, 1 free), D Bolger (0-2); L Mulry, G Staunton (0-1), B Killion (0-4, 4 frees); C Morris (0-1, free), E Canning (1-0), C Mulry. Subs used: R Coyle for McDermott (15 mins), G Meares for L Mulry (28 mins) O Rogers (0-1) for C Mulry (48 mins), A Beckett (0-1) for Canning (49 mins), K Naughton for Staunton (56 mins), J Reddington for J Kelly (56 mins), T Biesty for Killion (56 mins).