Galway easily beat Roscommon to win U21 title

Galway are the 2011 Connacht U21 Champions after easily beating Roscommon.

The tribesmen always looked like winning after having a four point lead at half time against the breeze, Shane Regan kept Roscommon in the match until about forty five minutes. But Galway kept the scoreboard ticking until Adrian Murphy kicked a goal in injury time to give Galway a nine point win.

Match Tracker
60+3 Adrian Murphy gets a goal for Galway, Its a very easy win now
60min Two minutes of injury time announced.
58min Second bookable offence leaves Galway down to 14 men, Tomás Flynn is off.
55min Tomás Flynn gives Galway a six point lead.
52min Point from the wing back on the Galway team.
50min Shane Regan kicks the free wide.
48min Roscommon win another free in front of the posts.
47min Shane Regan kicks the free over for Ross.
46min Scotty Oates wins a free for Roscommon.
44min Scotty Oates kicks a point for Roscommon.
43min Michael Boyle kicks a point for Galway to give them a six point lead.
41min Great save by the Galway keeper after a great shot by Cathal Shine.
40min Tomas Fahy scores a point for Galway
38min Darron McDermot kicks a wide for Roscommon.
35min Shane Regan kicks a free wide for Roscommon.
34min Slow start to the second half by both teams.
31min Second half underway.
30min Three minutes injury time in the first half.
29min Higgins on for Feehily on the Roscommon side.
28min Sweeney gets a nice point from play for Galway.
25min Point for Galway form play.
23min Not much happening with the conditions playing havoc.
19min Stunning save by Connaughton in the Roscommon goal.
18min Patrick Sweeney of Galway fouled in the box, penalty Galway.
17min Darren McDermot gets a point for Roscommon.
14min Conor Doherty gives Galway a three point lead.
13min Roscommon need to get more scores considering they are playing with a strong breeze.
11min Cathal Shine kicks a wide for Roscommon.
8min Mark Hehir gets his third point of the day and his first from play.
7min Galway two points from frees with Mark Hehir getting both scores, after Roscommon getting the first score.
1min Match kicked off.
0min Its a big match for both sides who will be looking to give a boost to their senior sides.

Team News
Galway (U21FC final v Roscommon): Manus Breathnach; Gary Sweeney, Colin Forde, Aongus Tierney; Joss Moore, Johnny Duane, Tomás Fahy; Tomás Flynn, Fiontán Ó Curraoin; Conor Doherty, Mark Hehir, Michael Boyle; Danny Cummins, Patrick Sweeney, Eric Monaghan.

Roscommon (U21FC final v Galway): Connaughton, Duignan, Collins, Cafferkey, Bannon, Daly, Brogan,Strich, Feehily, Murtagh,Oates, Regan, Kilroy, Shine, McDermott.

Match Preview
Galway and Roscommon meet in the Connacht Under-21 Final at Salthill on Saturday afternoon. The home side easily beat Sligo in their semi final match and have named the same fifteen for this afternoon’s provincial decider.

The Tribesmen’s defence was excellent in that win over the Yeat’s County, only conceding 0-7 in the whole game, while their forwards racked up an impressive 2-20. Eric Monagahan and Mark Hehir led the way, hitting 2-15 between them and Roscommon will really have to be on their guard to watch that duo.

Despite easily beating Leitrim to reach today’s final, Roscommon will be up against it on Saturday, as no team from that county has won in Pearse Stadium since it was redeveloped. That statistic has to be broken at some point and Galway boss, Alan Mullholland is giving the visitors plenty of respect:

“Roscommon are a good side and they have a few players from last year’s success so we know we will have to produce a top performance to get over the line.

“We have a very talented and dedicated bunch of young Galway footballers on the squad and they have worked diligently for the past few months to get to this stage.

“It is a home game which is a plus and I would ask the Galway GAA public to come to Pearse Stadium on Saturday to support this side. Hopefully we will have good home support and we will produce a winning display to give our supporters something to cheer about.”

The Rossies are the defending Connacht under-21 champions and are attempting to win back to back titles for the first time ever.
Selector Emmet Durney believes that the side are good enough to come away from Salthill with a win:

“It will be a hell of a job to beat them down there, but this team will have no fear factor going to Pearse Stadium”.

“Most of the lads have played there before. They’ll know what to expect. There will probably be a wind, but we have players who can adapt to whatever the weather throws at us.”


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