IMayo 1-8 Roscommon 1-7
Mayo proved to strong for Roscommon in this all Connacht meeting at Castlebar on Saturday. It was Mayo that came from behind to beat the Rossies in front of a crowd of nearly 11,000 on a rainy night which didn’t help the game in terms of quality.
Roscommon led at the break 0-06 to 0-01 and they must of thought they were going to saunter to a win .However it wasn’t to be the case the elements did matter in the end. It was Mayo that opened the scoring with Evan Regan pointing from a free in the third minute but that was their only score of the half . The Rossies then dominanted for the next half an hour but they should of pushed on instead of playing players behind the ball .However, the side coached by Anthony Cunningham went ahead by four with scores from Colin Compton, Enda Smith, Shane Killoran and Cathal Cregg. Cregg goal bound effort was reflected over the bar. Donie Smith got the fifth Roscommon score of the half to leave the Rossies on charge at the break 0-05 to 0-01, however they would be playing against a strong breeze in the second period.
On the resumption Mayo came charging out of the starting blocks. Ballintubber’s Diarmuid O’Connor first pointed, before two pointed frees from Jason Doherty. That meant the gap was down to the minimum with just over a quarter of the game left. Compton fisted over to give Roscommon a 0-06 to 0-04 their first score in over half an hour. The game was now coming down the home straight Donal Vaughan, Paddy Durcan and Brendan Harrison edged Mayo in front though with three superb scores . It was then the turn of league debutant Brian Reape who got a vital goal on 65 minutes to all but end the contest and to put Mayo ahead by 5 points.
Roscommon to their credit kept going to the final whistle and cut the gap to one in injury time. Firstly, substitute Ultan Harney pointed, before he was sent off. The Rossies then got a goal with Killoran’s goal bound effort getting deflected into the goal past Rob Hennelly. It was to little to late as Mayo start their Division 1 campaign with a win.