Weir wears Rossies down

Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland U-21 B Hurling Semi-Final

Wicklow 1-14 Roscommon 0-11

Wicklow always looked the likely winners of this All-Ireland semi-final played at Athleague on Saturday last. Wicklow were a little sharper up front and with Gavin Weir and Diarmuid Masterson dominating the central positions, the Garden County edged ahead by 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time.    

  Liam Kilcline, Warren Boyle and Chris Duignan were doing well for Roscommon but the crucial score came shortly after half-time when Cian O’Byrne scored the only goal of the game. 

  This left Roscommon with a mountain to climb and although they battled back with some fine scores they could never reel Wicklow in.

  Indeed Roscommon’s cause was not helped when Chris Duignan was very unlucky to have been sent off in the 50th minute for a second yellow card offence.

  Roscommon battled back well but they could never get closer than five points. Roscommon were awarded a penalty in injury-time but sub Daniel Glynn saw his shot saved by the Wicklow goalkeeper Robert Fitzgerald.

  Best for Roscommon on the day were Liam Kilcline, Cathal Kenny, Warren Boyle, Cathal Dolan, Chris Duignan and sub Daniel Glynn.

  Scorers – Wicklow: G Weir (0-7), C O’Byrne (1-2), P Doran (0-3), P Doyle, J Cranley (0-1) each.

Roscommon: C Dolan (0-4), G Glynn (0-2), W Boyle, C Duignan, G Egan, M Beirne, G Downey (0-1) each.

Roscommon: K Kellehan; K Crehan, L Kilcline, J Martin; B Fallon, C Dolan, W Boyle; L Fehily, C Duignan; G Egan, M Beirne, J Henry; G Downey, A Finnerty, C Kenny. Subs: D Keaveney for Finnerty, D Glynn for Henry, P Dolan for Beirne, P Joyce for Egan.