New York 1-11 (14) 3-21 (30)Roscommon, 8pm Gaelic Park, NY
Roscommon are through to the semi final of the Connacht championship following a 16 point over New York in Gaelic Park in the Bronx. The first match of the Championship set the tone for the summer as Roscommon ran in 3 goals and 21 points.
A strong start set the tone for a convincing win as the defending Connacht champions scored 3 points in the opening minutes, however 2 goals in less then 60 seconds on the 20 minute mark put Roscommon in control with Shine, Kilbride and Ward all impressing for Roscommon. Roscommon headed in the half time whistle with a 10 point lead, 2-10 to 0-6 and in the second half they never looked like losing that despite NY starting the 2nd half with 1-2, Kenny O’Connor with the goal however Roscommon stepped up another gear again to finish the game and set up a clash with either Leitrim or sligo.
70min game over, Roscommon with a 16 points win.
69min Bell with a point, 30 seconds to go
69min we’re in the last minute, Roscommon will enjoy tonight in New York. Quick word on the ref, he’s had a good game
67min O’Neill with a point, 24 scores for Roscommon, Higgins with a wide there
66min Molloy with his 2nd point for NY
66min Kilbride with another point- he goes off then with 1-4 today, good stuff. 17 points ahead
65min NY with a point
60min Craig with a point, some great scores out there. Its been a strong performance. Every shot seems to be going over at the moment
60min Kilbride with his 3rd point, NY have never really been in this today.
59min Enda Kenny has done well since coming. Devaney and Ward have just gone off, sensible to rest them with Leitrim or sligo to come in the semi’s
58min Devaney with his 3rd point, 20 scores for Roscommon, really stepped it up now, NY have no answer to the Roscommon forward line, 5 of the 6 have scored today
57min Managan with another point, 14 points in it now
56min A point from the captain another point for Roscommon
55min Midway through the second half now, Roscommon in control at moment, they only scored 1-3 the second half though, while NY have scored 1-2, so its a lot closer
53min Donal Ward with a point, he deserves it today
51min NY with a point, 1-8 is a good return for NY
50min You can highlights of this game on TG4 tomorrow but we have live commentary here now. NY with a free kick inside their half
48min Doonan off, thats a surprise. NY with a free, its hit the bar.. Kenny O’Connor arguing it crossed the line but ref doesn’t give it
46min Cathal Craig with a strong response, sorry had included an extra point there. Enda Kenny has been good since coming on
45min Kerry man Doonan with a shot, ends with a goal, – 1-6 in it, Kenny O’Connor flicked it on from Doonan’s shot
42min 5 wides to 4, NY have been more wasteful – Kilbride shows NY how its done, nice point
40min Jason Kenny with a point, NY off the mark in the second half
38min Shine still off, Enda Kenny not to be confused with our taoiseach is on as a blood sub at moment, and makes an immediate impact with a point
37min Donie Shine with his 5th point, his fisted that one over. Shine has been impressive today but he’s down at the moment with a knock, hopefully ok
36min Second half has restarted, NY have the breeze, Adrian O’Connor with a wide right at the start
The second half is about to start, can NY cause an even better upset and come back into this in the second half. Roscommon have done well and have handled the hot weather well. They were quick off the blocks and at one point threatened to run away with but fair play to NY they have finished the half strong
Half time NY added another score there before half time to make 2-10 to 6, 10 points in it, NY have a lot to do if they are pull off a shock
30min Sorry had a slight issue there, Roscommon have responded to losing four points with two unanswered of their own, 11 point lead
25min 4th point in a row for NY
23min Steven Howard with NY 3rd in a row, they responded well after the 2nd goal
22min 2 points in a minute, Kenny O’Connor with the 2nd
21min Second goal in a minute, Kilbride this time.. this is turning into a riot
20min Goal for Kevin Higgins, set up by Kilbride.. first time football playing dividends
19min Devaney with his 2nd point. Shock, what shock? Roscommon have been strong so far. NY need some ball to get back into this but Roscommon are first to everything.
18min Donal Ward has been impressive today at wing back, he’s full of running
17min Shine again, he’s on fire, his 3rd point
16min Donie Shine with his second free, great kick, he looks confident. The astro turf pitch is suiting roscommon
15min A wide there, one apiece now
13min Devaney with a point for Roscommon
12min Disallowed goal there for NY but there was a foul in the build up, NY have come back into this
11min Roscommon with a wide there, Shine passed it when he might have gone alone
9min NY captain Doonan has been booked, first of the day
8min Kevin Higgins with a good point from distance
7min NY get a chance to get their score, Dan Doonan getting that one
5min Roscommon are looking to put this to bed early, but NY getting some ball now.
3min First chance for Donie Shine, free kick to Roscommon, he get it, 3 points up
2min Another point for Roscommon, they look sharper.
1min We have the first point of the 2011 All Ireland Micheal Finneran, Roscommon ahead after 38 seconds
0min It should be a cracking match in New York, with the home side fancying their chances of an upset.
Roscommon face a tricky opening tie in their quest to retain their Connaught championship when they travel to New York to face the Exiles in the North Bronx.
The “Rossies” claimed their first Connaught championship in 9 years last season when they beat Sligo however they will be wary of a New York side that gave Galway a fright in last year Championship.
Roscommon come into the game on the back of an unbeaten league campaign that ultimately ended in failure whey they lost the Division 4 crown to Longford last weekend in Croke Park. That solid campaign included 7 wins and one draw.
They managed to score 8-118 although they did concede 5-73, which will be a something that New York Robbie Tasker and Dan Doona will be hoping to exploit.
The league campaign was not as straight forward as it looks on paper however as there wasn’t much between Roscommon in their games with Fermanagh (3 pts), Clare (3pts) Wicklow (1pt) or Leitrim (2 points) although they did have large victories however over London, Kilkenny and Carlow
Despite finishing the league, 3 points ahead of Longford – Fergal O’Donnell’s side ultimately lost at Croke Park 2-11 to 1-08, having drawn with them in the league.
New York haven’t had the benefit of a league campaign to prepare them for this game and have instead being forced to rely on challenge games to get the fitness up to Championship level.
However New York can call on a number of players with good footballing pedigree, the aforementioned Tasker won an All Ireland minor medal with Armagh while Dan Doona is referred to in Kerry football as the one that got away.
Doona was once approached by the legendary Mick O’Dwyer back in 2007 when he scored 1-5 and put in a man of the match performance for New York in the Owen Treacy Cup final against Wicklow however Doona opted to stay in the big Apple.
Another Armagh man Stephen Harold will line out in midfield with Wexford’s Rory Stafford in the backline. Ronan McGinley – brother of Tyrone’s treble All-Ireland winner Enda – is also in the New York ranks
Roscommon meanwhile will relay on forwards Cathal Cregg and Senan Kilbride to see them through, the duo were the only ones to come of last week’s final with their heads held high. Kilbride however is a doubt for this game.
Roscommon will be hoping that the talented Donie Shine can reclaim then form he showed last year,
Verdict: Despite losing last week, Roscommon have had the better preparation and build up, which should see them through. They won’t have it all their own way however as a leaky defense and warm conditions will aid New York’s cause. Roscommon to come away with a win and a big fright.