14 May 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Roscommon 1-14

Monaghan 0-17


THERE was a touch of déjà vous for Monaghan in last Saturday’s visit to Athleague as they failed to add a Rackard Cup victory to their league success over the same opposition and not for the first time in a game where they were out played for long periods and by the time they mounted a challenge in the second half the game was out of reach with the home side comfortable winners.

Monaghan had deserverdly beaten the Rossies in their last two league meetings, suggesting that both counties were moving in opposite directions, but Roscommon proved a point and a few doubters wrong on Saturday last, delivering a competent performance to copper fasten their place in the semi-finals.

Indeed it was felt after this game that if Roscommon go on and win the Nicky Rackard Cup, which is the team’s main aim in 2015, manager Justin Campbell may well point to this performance as the turning point in their season.

The home side found the target 16 times during a productive opening 35 minutes. Fourteen of those scores came from play, underlining that Justin Campbell’s charges were in the mood to express themselves.

Roscommon’s intensity and focus in the first half helped them to a nine points interval lead and when Cillian Egan’s opportunism yielded the game’s only goal in the early minutes of the second half, the game was pretty much done and dusted from the home side’s perspective.

Monaghan rallied and manage to keep tabs on the opposition after that. The last 30 minutes, during which the visitors outscored the winners, will provide Justin Campbell with the ammunition to ensure that nobody gets ahead of themselves. But there was something different about Roscommon for much of the opening 40 minutes of this game, and it remains to be seen if they can build on this performance.

The tone was set early as Liam Kilcline, Micheál Kelly, Cathal Dolan, John Moran, Gerry Fallon and Cillian Egan showed the way forward. The excellent John Moran notched the game’s opening score in the third minute, a beautiful point from out on the right wing and he went on to put in a Man of the Match performance with has industrious play throughout and he typified the home side’s desire and work rate over the 70 minutes.

Following that opener some diligent defending from Liam Kilcline allowed Adrian Murphy set up a good point for ….


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