|3 April 2022||1:45 pm||NFL Division 2||2022|
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.
|Finnian Ó Laoí||44'|
|Croke Park, Jones's Road, Dublin, D01 WY49, Ireland|