Unbeaten hurlers win Division 3A Final in style

Two-goal Egan inspires win
Allianz National Hurling League Division 3A Final: Roscommon 4-15 Monaghan 0-7

Roscommon finished their league campaign in style by winning the Division 3A League Final against Monaghan on Saturday last.

The Rossies were comfortable winners on a scoreline of 4-15 to 0-7 in a match played in difficult conditions at Fr. Tierney Park, Ballyshannon.

At the start of the match the strong wind was blowing across the pitch and it made for difficult conditions for the players on both sides.

Roscommon had a dream start with a goal from Adrian Murphy in the first minute after a great move involving full-forward Ronan O’Meara. Murphy pointed five minutes later and Cillian Egan fired over a point two minutes after that.

Jerry Fallon scored frees on ten and eleven minutes respectively. Roscommon were firmly in control at this stage with the score being 1-4 to 0-2. After fifteen minutes the strong wind changed around to assist Monaghan. This was the Farney county’s best period and they scored four points without reply.

The half-time score was 1-4 to 0-6 in favour of Roscommon. Conditions got even worse during half-time and Roscommon took to the field for the second half with a gale at their backs.

Roscommon took control of the second-half exchanges from the throw-in with points from Michael Kelly, Cillian Egan, Tomas Seale and Ronan O’Meara. Then in the 50th minute Cillian Egan scored an opportunist goal for Roscommon.

Three minutes later Egan struck again when he found the Monaghan net to end this game as a contest. Roscommon continued to score at will with points from Naos Connaughton, Jerry Fallon and Michael Kelly.

Monaghan’s bad day got worse when their best player, Stephen Lambe, was sent off for a second yellow card offence. The Rossies finished on a high with a great goal from Chris Duignan who pulled on a ball which came in high from out the field.

This goal was so impressive that his teammates dubbed him ‘John Fenton’, a reference to the Cork man that scored that famous goal so many years ago. It was very much Roscommon’s day, with the final score being 4-15 to 0-7.

Best for Roscommon were Cillian Egan, Michael Kelly, Shane Curley, Ronan O’Meara, Noel Fallon and Adrian Murphy.

Roscommon: Noel Fallon; Ian Delaney, Peter Kellehan, Ciaran Shaw; Shane Curley, Michael Kelly (0-3), Warren Boyle; Alan Moore, Cathal Dolan; Tomas Seale (0-2), Eamon Flanagan, Jerry Fallon (0-6, 4 frees); Cillian Egan (2-2), Ronan O’Meara (0-1), Adrian Murphy (1-0). Subs: Liam Kilcline for Delaney, Naos Connaughton (0-1) for O’Meara, Hugh Rooney for Flanagan, Geraoid Egan, Chris Duignan (1-0) for Moore.

Note: Roscommon now await the clash between Donegal and Wicklow this Saturday.

Roscommon will play the losers of that game to decide who will go to Division 2B for next season.