Date Time Competition Season
3 April 2022 1:45 pm NFL Division 2 2022

Match Report

Murtagh goal key as Roscommon deliver Division 2 silverware

It was Diarmuid Murtagh off the bench that found the all important goal for the Roscommon, in their 1-20 to 0-22 win over Galway to take Division 2 silverware at Croke Park

In a match that was tight from the start, both sides took control of the contest at different stages.

Roscommon built out a five-point lead in the second half. Galway fought back to take the lead late in the second half, but Murtagh's 70th minute goal handed Roscommon a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

It was a tight opening half between the two Connacht teams. Both sides were matching each other score for score, neither of them able to open up an important lead. 

Robert Finnerty opened the scoring for Galway after four minutes.

Conor Cox replied directly after before Paul Conroy scored two on the bounce, an impressive first half for Conroy saw the St. James man finish the first half with 5 points, a brilliant captain's display.

Roscommon were punishing Galway's indiscipline, getting the majority of their scores from free kicks inside the Galway 45 line. 

Eddie Nolan had two wonderful efforts from the carpet sail between the posts as Roscommon put pressure on the Tribesmen back line.

The sides went in at the break level 0-10 a piece with both teams left thinking it could go their way. 
Roscommon started the second half the better and two points from Donie Smith and one from Ciaran Murtagh saw them lead by 3 points after 43 minutes. 

Conor Cox notched a few more scores for Anthony Cunnningham's men and now firmly in the lead a head by 5 after 50 minutes. 

Galway introduced talisman Shane Walsh at this stage and the tribesmen mounted a comeback five unanswered points saw them draw level after 64 minutes. 

It was substitute Diarmuid Murtagh who won the game for Roscommon and impressive run saw him break free of the Galway defenders and bury the ball in the back off the net beating Galway sub keeper Conor Gleeson who replaced the injured Conor Flaherty, Roscommon  now leading by three points with only minutes remaining. 

Matthew Tierney kicked two more Galway scores with Keith Doyle responding with a point of his own in the dying minutes to see Roscommon win out in the end by the narrowest of margins.


1Conor Flaherty 16 Goalkeeper
2Jack Glynn 17 Defender
3Kieran Molloy Defender
4Liam Silke Defender
19Sean Fitzgerald Defender
6John Daly 21 Defender
25Finnian Ó Laoí Forward 44'
8Sean Kelly Defender 26'
9Paul Conroy Midfielder 5', 6', 20', 32', 35', 48'
10Matthew Tierney Forward 70+3', 70+5'
11Niall Daly 7 Forward
12Johnny Heaney Defender 12'
13Robert Finnerty 23 Forward 4', 55', 70'
14Damien Comer Forward 31', 36', 60', 64'
15Dessie Conneely Forward 57', 59'
16Connor Gleeson 1 Goalkeeper
17John McGrath 2
18Tony Gill
20Cathal Sweeney
21James McLoughlin 6
22Paul Kelly Midfielder
23Patrick Kelly 13 Forward
24Cormac McWalter Forward
26Owen Gallagher Forward
7Shane Walsh 11 Forward 61'
5Billy Mannion Defender


1Colm Lavin Goalkeeper
2David Murray Defender
3Brian Stack Defender
4Eoin McCormack Defender
21Niall Kilroy Forward
6Niall Daly Defender
7Ronan Daly
8Ultan Harney Defender
9Eddie Nolan Defender 14', 33'
10Ciaran Murtagh Forward 25', 38', 56'
11Enda Smith Midfielder
12Cathal Heneghan Forward
13Cian McKeon 22 Forward 25', 36'
14Donie Smith 24 Forward 15', 22', 36', 43', 49'
15Conor Cox 26 Forward 4', 9', 32', 46', 47'
16Conor Carroll Goalkeeper
17Niall Higgins
18Dylan Ruane Defender
19Conor Hussey Defender
20Shane Cunnane Midfielder
5Richard Hughes Defender
22Ciaran Sugrue 13 Forward
23Keith Doyle Midfielder
24Andrew Glennon 14 Forward
25Conor Daly Defender
26Diarmuid Murtagh 15 Forward 70+1'
  • 76'

    Roscommon win by the smallest of margins in the end 1-20 to 0-22

  • 71'

    Diarmuid Murtagh with a late goal!!

  • 70'

    Six minutes of additional time

  • 63'

    Five points without reply and the sides are level!

  • 59'

    Three points in a row for Galway sees the margin reduced to 3

  • 52'

    Injury for the Galway keeper see him replaced by Gleeson

  • 43'

    Donie Smith stretches the lead out to three for the first time today

  • 37'

    Lively start to the second half both sides getting early scores

  • 35'

    second half is under way

  • 35'

    Paul Conroy draws the sides level on the stroke of half time a great first half for the St. James man 5 points for him in the first half

  • 35'

    3 minutes added time at the end of the half

  • 33'

    End to end Game in Croke park neither side getting to far in front

  • 25'

    Three unanswered scores for Roscommon see them go two points up

  • 20'

    Dessie Connelly rattles the crossbar after an excellent score from Paul Conroy Galway up by one

  • 15'

    A 45 and a free draw Roscommon level

  • 12'

    Heaney with a beautiful score for Galway two points between the sides

  • 9'

    Cox with his and Roscommon's second

  • 7'

    Two quick points from Paul Conroy and a one from Robert Finnerty as Galway score three points in 60 seconds

  • 4'

    Ciaran Murtagh wins an early free and Conor Cox gets the first score

  • 1'

    Throw in the match is under way!

  • Shane Walsh makes the bench for Galway recovering from injury in time to make the squad

  • Ideal conditions for todays match as both sides are nearly ready to take to the pitch!

  • Both sides have named their starting XV's slight difference to their named squads from yesterday

  • Hello my name is John Nee and welcome to our live text commentary of today Division two league final

Past Meetings

(Round 7)
1-20 1-15
NFL Division 2
Dr. Hyde Park

(Semi Final)
0-12 2-11
Connacht SFC
Dr. Hyde Park

(Round 2)
NFL Division 1 South
Pearse Stadium

2-6 0-16
Connacht SFC
Dr. Hyde Park


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