‘We left win behind us’ – Campbell’s lament

Hurlers face Mayo on Saturday
Connacht Senior Hurling League GMIT 1-20 Roscommon 2-16

Roscommon hurling manager Justin Campbell (pictured) says his team “left the win behind us” after they suffered a one-point defeat to GMIT in a very lively Connacht SHL game played at the Connacht GAA Centre in Ballyhaunis on Sunday.

  A goal from Gavin Troy in the final minute of the first half saw the students lead 1-9 to 0-6 at the break. Roscommon were excellent on the resumption. Gerry Fallon blasted a free into the GMIT net in the first minute and when Gearoid Keenan pounced for a second goal, Roscommon were back in business.

  Roscommon led by a point going into stoppage-time but two late points from Daniel Nevin secured a dramatic win for GMIT. Best for Roscommon were Micheal Kelly, Gerry Fallon, Ronan O’Meara, Eamon Flanagan, Johnny Moran and Peter Kellehan.

  Roscommon manager Justin Campbell said: “We left the win behind us I suppose but it was a good workout to get the year started. We had four debutantes, which was great. We have 27 players on the panel training away at the moment.

  “We are down to play Mayo on Saturday at 2 pm in Athleague. This is a great competition to get games ahead of the National League. We have to target promotion in the league this year.”

Roscommon: N Fallon; A Moore, P Kellehan, W Boyle; S Curley, M Kelly (0-4), J Martin (0-1); J Moran, J Kilkenny; G Fallon (1-5), R Flanagan (0-3), A Murphy (0-1); C Egan, R O’Meara (0-2), G Keenan (1-0). Subs: K Kellehan for N Fallon, J Lawlor for Murphy, T Doyle for Egan.