Roscommon knock out Inishowen
Defensive errors costly as
Inishowen’s bid for Oscar Traynor success is derailed
(Killackey, 10, 53, Lynch 27)
Damian Dowds at Maginn Park. Photos: Herbie Barr
Inishowen were left to rue a series of defensive errors that saw them eliminated from the Oscar Traynor Inter-League trophy at the hands of the Roscommon League on Sunday.
The Connacht side were 3-1 winners, but Inishowen made life almost impossible for themselves and should have prevented most of those goal chances falling Roscommon’s way.
Inishowen hadn’t played a competitive game since November when they were 6-1 winners against Donegal, while Roscommon played the Mayo League a fortnight ago. And the match sharpness that bestowed on Roscommon marked them apart from the home side who looked every bit as rusty as a team that hadn’t played together in three months.
Individually, the players may be performing well with their clubs, but collectively they looked ill at ease with passes falling a yard too short or too long, and the final ball in the attacking third of the field going awry.
A slicker, sharper Roscommon side took full advantage of Inishowen mistakes and punished them mercilessly.
First half goals from Colm Killackey and Liam Lynch gave Roscommon a 2-0 lead at half time. Inishowen pulled one back early in the second half, but Roscommon responded emphatically with Killackey netting his second goal almost immediately to restore the two goal cushion.
Roscommon were able to comfortably soak up Inishowen’s attacks for the remainder of the game and deservedly took the spoils.
Inishowen were first to threaten when Jason Devlin cut in from the left and squared the ball to Terence Doherty who fired over the top from 12 yards.
Roscommon’s Aidan Dooley was put through by Martin Lennon in the fourth minute, but Inishowen keeper Martin McLaughlin came smartly off his line, diving at Dooley’s feet to claim the ball. It was a brave save from the young Glengad keeper, but he was powerless to prevent Roscommon’s tenth minute opener.
Impressive left winger Ronan Curran threaded a ball into the penalty area that Inishowen centre half Gerard McEleney misjudged. Colm Killackey was onto the ball as quick as a flash and chipped the ball over the advancing McLaughlin and into the net.
Colm Killackey was onto the
ball as quick as a flash and chipped the ball over the
advancing McLaughlin and into the net.
Anthony Doherty and Nigel McMonagle saw goalbound efforts cleared away by Roscommon centre half John Tierney and McEleney went close with a powerful header from a Jason Devlin corner drawing a fine save from keeper Aidan Fallon in the 16th minute.
A strong wind favoured the Roscommon side in the first half and their second goal, in the 26th minute, came when a long goal kick wasn’t dealt with by the Inishowen defence and goalscorer Killackey turned provider sliding the ball across the 18 yard line and his strike partner Liam Lynch hit an unstoppable volley to the top right corner.
Aileach’s James Gillespie
limped out of the game shortly afterwards after a crude
challenge, but replacement Conor McLaughlin slotted in
well in the right back role.
Terence Doherty and Anthony Shivvy both shot off target before Roscommon sprung the offside trap and keeper McLaughlin again coming off his line to cut out a 38th minute through ball for Killackey and Roscommon took a 2-0 lead into dressing room at half time.
The visitors might have had a penalty early in the second half when central midfielder David Cullen burst forward from the centre circle all the way to the opposing penalty area where he was knocked over, but referee Charlie Doherty ignored the loud calls from the Roscommon contingent for a spot kick.
And when Patrick McDermott
finished to the net to bring Inishowen back into it just
moments later, it seemed momentum might swing to the
home side – what might have been 3-0 down was now a
slender 2-1 deficit. McDermott was one of Inishowen’s
best performers on the day and the goal, which came
after a long McEleney free kick went over the top of the
Roscommon defence, was just reward for a fine individual
But another mistake in the Inishowen rearguard saw a cross from the left evade the centre halves and with the Roscommon players queuing up inside the area Killackey was again on hand to drive his second, and his team’s third, to the net eight minutes into the second half.
might have had his hat-trick on the hour mark when he
sprung through the offside trap, but keeper Martin
McLaughlin held his ground and the striker pulled his
shot to the left and wide.
Leading 3-1, Roscommon were content to defend for the final half hour and try as they might, Inishowen couldn’t find a way past keeper Aidan Fallon.
McDermott played a reverse pass into the box just after the hour mark, but Anthony Doherty shot straight at the keeper, while Nigel McMonagle shot over from a Shivvy corner.
Inishowen created a good chance on 70 minutes when a made-in-Moville move had the Roscommon keeper scrambling. A deep Conor McLaughlin cross was headed back across goal by Shane Canning. The keeper got a hand onto the cross, which was just enough to put the ball agonising inches behind the inrushing Nigel McMonagle.
McDermott shot right and wide after another Shivvy cross, while an 83rd minute shot from Terence Doherty was blocked and cleared.
And as the game moved into injury time, Inishowen were still pressing. Damian Barr burst forward and his fine left footed shot drew a good save from the keeper. And keeper Fallon had the last word too when he made a fine stop from a close range Gerard McEleney header.
Roscommon, though, were well worth their win and Inishowen’s youthful team must try again next year. Roscommon will play the Limerick League in the quarter-finals of the competition, while it’s back to the bread and butter of club league and cup football for Inishowen players.
Inishowen League: Martin McLaughlin; James Gillespie (Conor McLaughlin 28 mins), Damian Barr, Gerard McEleney, Liam Hirrell; Anthony Doherty (Conor O’Brien 77 mins), Shane Canning, Patrick McDermott, Jason Devlin (Paul Hegarty 89 mins); Nigel McMonagle, Terence Doherty.
Roscommon League: Aidan Fallon; David Fitzpatrick, Martin Lennon, John Tierney, Michael Killilea; David Cullen (Vando 88 mins), Aidan Dooley (Shane Treacy 63 mins), Ronan Curran, David Keegan (Dave Grehan 73 mins); Colm Killackey, Liam Lynch.
Referee: Charlie Doherty.
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