U-20 hurlers into All-Ireland semi-final

All-Ireland U-20 B HC Quarter-Final
Roscommon 3-15 Sligo 2-15

The Roscommon U-20 hurlers have booked a place in this year’s U-20 B All-Ireland semi-final after defeating Sligo at Markievicz Park last Saturday afternoon.

Led by their star forward Seán Canning, nephew of Galway hurling legend Joe, Kevin Sammon’s young Roscommon team came out of the blocks flying.

Sligo could not handle Roscommon’s direct style of play and, with the wind at their back, the visitors opened up an apparently unassailable half-time lead of 2-11 to 0-5.

The whole team were firing on all cylinders in the opening half and it looked as if Roscommon were going to cruise to a comfortable victory but the wheels almost came off in the final quarter of the game.

Sligo began to have more possession in the second half and with the breeze now at their back, they began to claw back some scores.

Their comeback was slowed down by a third goal for Roscommon but Sligo were awarded two penalties within four minutes of each other, both of which were converted.

The last 10 minutes were uncomfortable for Roscommon with Sligo pulling the score back to a mere two-point gap but a last-minute point for Roscommon restored their three-point advantage, leaving the final score 3-15 to 2-15 in Roscommon’s favour.

This young Roscommon team can now prepare for a semi-final clash with neighbours Mayo which is set to take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend.