Late Roscommon Rising Leaves Tipperary in Tatters04 Feb 2018
Late Roscommon Rising Leaves Tipperary in Tatters
Allianz National Football League Division Two
Tipperary 3-9 Roscommon 1-17
Liam Kearns and his team are left wondering what might have been this evening following Roscommon’s late surge which saw them reel in a six-point deficit and snatch victory with a flurry in Semple Stadium where they scored 1-5 without reply.
The home side led 3-9 to 0-12 and looked to be certainties to follow up last week’s win over Cork with another win today but Kevin McStay’s charges showed huge composure and experience to win the day.
Conor Sweeney opened the scoring with a fine point but it was Roscommon who started the brightest and led 0-5 to 0-2 after twenty minutes but Tipperary were handed a lifeline when Michael Quinlivan was hauled down as he bore through on goal and Sweeney stepped up to confidently slot the resultant spot kick home.
This spurred Tipperary on and they rattled off three points before Roscommon scored one of their own to leave the half-time score Tipperary 1-6 Roscommon 0-6.
Within seconds of the resumption Michael Quinlivan’s effort thundered off the crossbar and the ball was quickly moved down the field for Fergal Lennon to point, a four-point swing-a-round which would prove influential late on.
Sweeney scored his second penalty of the game following a foul on Brian Fox and a goal from Michael Quinlivan, a tremendous effort, seemed to set up the Premier for a certain victory but the Connacht champions did not lie down and Diarmuid Murtagh scored a fine goal which reduced the margin to two and the Westerners kicked on from here. Points followed from Niall Daly, Murtagh, captain Conor Devaney and Donie Smith the seal a dramatic win.
Tipperary must now focus on next Sunday’s clash with Clare in Ennis and hope to get their Division Two campaign back on track.
Scorers for Roscommon: Diarmuid Murtagh 1-4 (0-3f), Ciaráin Murtagh 0-3 (0-3f), Niall Kilroy 0-2, Donie Smith 0-2 (0-1 sideline), Conor Devaney 0-2, Fergal Lennon 0-1, Fintan Cregg 0-1, Niall Daly 0-1, Ciaran Lennon 0-1.
Scorers for Tipperary: Conor Sweeney 2-4 (2-0 pen, 0-2f), Michael Quinlivan 1-0, Liam McGrath 0-2 (0-1f), Liam Casey 0-1, Jack Kennedy 0-1 (0-1f), Liam Boland 0-1.
- Colm Lavin (Éire Óg) 2. David Murray (Padraig Pearses) 3. John McManus (Roscommon Gaels) 4. Niall McInerney (St Brigid’s) 5. Fergal Lennon (Clann na nGael) 6. Sean Mullooly (Strokestown) 7. Conor Devaney (Kilbride) 8. Tadhg O’Rourke (Tulsk) 12. Enda Smith (Boyle) 10. Niall Daly (Padraig Pearses) 11. Niall Kilroy (Fuerty) 22. Fintan Cregg (Elphin) 13. Diarmuid Murtagh (St Faithleach’s) 14. Ciaran Lennon (Clann na nGael) 15. Ciaráin Murtagh (St Faithleach’s)
- Brian Stack (St Brigid’s) for Cregg (31)
21. Finbar Cregg (Western Gaels) for Mullooly (46)
20. Donie Smith (Boyle) for Ciaráin Murtagh (53)
9. Ian Kilbride (St Brigid’s) for O’Rourke (55)
19. Conor Daly (Padraig Pearses) for Enda Smith (60)
24. Ronan Daly (Padraig Pearses) for Fergal Lennon (65)
- Evan Comerford (Kilshelan-Kilcash) 2. Shane O’Connell (Golden-Kilfeacle) 3. John Meagher (Loughmore-Castleiney) 4. Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers) 5. Bill Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) 6. Robbie Kiely (Carbery Rangers) Captain. 7. Jimmy Feehan (Killenaule) 8. Liam Casey (Cahir) 9. Steven O’Brien (Ballina) 10. Josh Keane (Golden-Kilfeacle) 11. Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commericals) 12. Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill) 13. Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen) 14. Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commericals) 15. Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
20. Liam Boland (Moyle Rovers) for McGrath (57)
17. Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials) for Kennedy (62)
19. George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers) for Casey (67)
Referee: Noel Mooney (Cavan)
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