Roscommon blow Monaghan away in Ballyshannon
A POWERFUL second-half display from favourites Roscommon blew Monaghan away as the Rossies claimed the NHL Division 3A title in Ballyshannon on Saturday.
The winners had the benefit of a howling breeze and hammered in three killer goals to kill off Monaghan. Roscommon were just a point in front at half time at 1-4 to 0-6 but two cracking goals from Cillian Egan in the 46th and 50th minutes to send the winners home at a canter. The losers dominated the second quarter, but were not able to translate that superiority onto the scoreboard. Second-half substitute Chris Duignan applied the coup de grace with a another goal in the 70th minute.
Shell-shocked Monaghan did not get their first score of the second half until the 60th minute as superior Roscommon toyed with their opponents. It got even worse for Monaghan when they lost their talismanic Stephen Lambe to a second yellow card in the 53rd minute.
This was a thoroughly deserved victory for the winners. Roscommon got off to a dream start, and hit a cracking goal from nippy corner-forward Adrian Murphy. Murphy superbly dispossessed a Monaghan defender and split the Farney defence with a clever one two with full-forward Ronan O’Meara, before calmly tapping the ball to the empty net.
Roscommon had the wind at their backs and looked threatening in the opening 10 minutes and had further points from Thomas Seale and Cillian Egan. However, Monaghan settled gradually and full-forward Stephen Lambe began to put his stamp on matters and, more importantly, on the scoreboard
Roscommon started with a gale at their backs but the wind changed as Monaghan began to dominate around the middle of the field. Two pointed frees from Jerry Fallon pushed the Rossies into a 1-4 to 0-2 lead by the 12th minute.
However, Roscommon failed to score thereafter, as Lambe kept his side in touch from placed balls and Fergal Rafter got his side’s second score from play on the cusp of half-time. Roscommon were guilty of giving Monaghan a few unnecessary frees as the Farneymen turned over a mere point behind as Roscommon led by 1-4 to 0-6.
Roscommon came out early from the half-time break and turned over with the changeable and profitable breeze at their backs.