All Ireland U20B Hurling QF :- Sligo 1-18 v Roscommon 1-16

Back 14/07/2021 @ 09:13 | mainnews | All Ireland U20B Hurling QF :- Sligo 1-18 v Roscommon 1-16

The Sligo U20 hurlers have reached the All Ireland B semi-final after overcoming Roscommon in Dr.Hyde Park on Tuesday evening in a tight and enthralling encounter. They will play Derry next week in that semi final but have having come out winners with two narrow wins (3 and 2 pts) they are in good fettle.


Sligo got off to great start with 1-2 scored in the first two minutes of the game. Thomas Cawley with a point from play straight after the throw in. Next play Sligo played it down the left wing towards the town goal and after some good hooking and blocking the full forward line worked it across to Cahán Hallinan who was by himself in front of goals and he drove it to the net. Next play it came to Ethan Scully who drove at the defence and clipped it over on the run. Sligo were first to the ball in all situations at this point and looked like they would steamroll to a win. Roscommon who were physically stronger throughout the pitch pulled them back into it with two good frees from Adam Donnelly. Fergal O’Kelly Lynch scored from play soon after with Sligo still controlling the game. Mikey Lohan hit Roscommons first point from play in the 11th minute but this was cancelled out by a long range free by Thomas Cawley.

Roscommon got a lifeline when a long range point effort fell short at an awkward height for Pa O’Connor and Padraig Galvin was in like a flash to finish the ball to the net. In fairness to O’Connor he showed no nerves after when emerging a minute later from a ruck of players with a fine catch amidst hands and hurls. Mikey Brennan got Roscommon back on level terms in the 16th minute. Sligo responded in great fashion with two points from play with the hard working Michael Munnelly on the end of a good team move all the way from Eoighan Rua McGowan in at full back and Scully getting his second from out on the wing. Kevin Brennan narrowed the gap to 1 but Sligo extended to 3 with another Munnelly score and an excellent individual score from Darragh Cawley who left a good number of men in his wake with his speed.

The O’Kelly Lynch brothers, Liam and Fergal both scored from play but Roscommon finished with the final two points in the half leaving the gap at halftime two points 1-10 v 1-8.


As in the first half Sligo scored from the throw in when Fergal O’Kelly Lynch was fouled and scored his own free but then Mikey Brennan hit a purple patch hitting 3 points on the trot all from different positions to equalise the game again. The teams swapped frees as the tension mounted and in the 45th minute Roscommon hit the front for the first time in the gme with a Donnelly free. Just before the water break Thomas Cawley score a long range free to level it all up again. In the 51st minute Munnelly got his third from play and a minute later Ros were down to 14 with third midfielder Paddy Galvin being red carded for a helmet offence, but in the next 5 minutes they would go in front with a Kevin Brennan point from play and a Donnelly free. Going into five minutes additional time Thomas Cawley brought Sligo back level and then put in front with two long range frees. Again the teams were level but in the 75th and 76th minute two Fergal O’Kelly Lynch frees when he was fouled and when Munnelly was pulled at after a huge run out of defence saw Sligo get the win which over the game the team deserved with contributions coming from all members of the team.




Sligo :- Fergal O'Kelly Lynch 0-6 (4f), Thomas Cawley 0-5 (4f), Michael Munnelly 0-3, Cahán Hallinan 1-0, Ethan Scully 0-2, Darragh Cawley, Liam O'Kelly Lynch 0-1each


Roscommon :- Adam Donnelly 0-7 (7f), Mikey Brennan 0-4, Padraig Galvin 1-0, Kevin Brennan 0-2, Mikey Lohan, Paddy Gannon 0-1 each


Sligo :  Pa O'Connor, Donal Keaveny, , Eoighan Rua McGowan, Darragh Feehily, Darragh Cawley Niall Kilcullen, Shane Moloy, Michael Munnelly, Brian Byrne, Ethan Scully, Thomas Cawley, Cahán Hallinan, Liam O'Kelly Lynch, Fionn Connolly, Fergal O'Kelly Lynch

Subs: Paul Gallagher for Liam O’Kelly Lynch (blood 1st half) , Evin Ballantine for Byrne, Anthony Fidgeon for Scully, Paul Gallagher for Liam O’Kelly Lynch (2nd half)