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Conclusions As Roscommon Rally To Be Crowned Kings Of Connacht

Galway 0-12

Roscommon 1-13

Roscommon are Connacht champions for 2019 following an impressive second-half comeback win over Galway in Pearse Stadium, Salthill. 

The Rossies trailed Kevin Walsh’s side by five points at half time but a Diarmuid Murtagh goal in the second half set them up for a comeback win which was helped a lot by Galway’s struggles up front. The Tribesmen scored just two points in a disappointing second half.

It’s Roscommon’s year though and richly deserved, they won this the hard way beating Mayo in Castlebar and Galway in Salthill.

Here are our conclusions following Roscommon’s Connacht title victory.

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Galway’s High Press

The Tribesmen pressed high up the pitch on the Roscommon kick-out to great effect in the first half and was a huge reason why Kevin Walsh’s men went in five points to the good at half time.

Conor Devaney’s Loss

Roscommon’s poor first half wasn’t helped by the loss of Conor Devaney midway through the half who seemed to pull up with an injury. Devaney had managed to get on a tonne of possession and his loss was immediately felt as the Rossies struggled with that link from defence to attack.

Salthill Seasons

We had four seasons in one day which means it was a standard Connacht final day in Salthill.

The first half saw torrential rainfall which seemed to suit the home side a lot more as they dominated all over the pitch.

The sun shone in the second half, however, as the Rossies rallied to come away as Connacht champions.

Roscommon Revival

It would be rude to say they looked dead and buried at half time but at 0-10 0-5 down they really didn’t look like a side that were going to turn things around.

Maybe the conditions clearing up helped but there can be no disputing that Roscommon were a different side in the second half.

A goal and two points after half-time to level it, Anthony Cunningham’s men pushed on.

Galway Lacked Fire Power

All-Star, Ian Burke, was well marshalled all afternoon by David Murray. Shane Walsh showed glimpses of his brilliance in the opening half and Antaine Ó Laoi had a couple of skilful moments.

However, their attack fell asunder in the second half to the point that they offered nothing, eventually, Kevin Walsh starting rotating his starting six attackers in the hope that fresh legs could mount a late fight back, but it was to no avail.

Conor Cox

He just scores beautiful points over and over and over again. A lot of talk about him this year and he backed up all the talk on Connacht final day. He’s a Connacht champion and fully deserving of it.

His first half score from the by-line was magical, his insurance point in the 76th minute was inspirational.

Roscommon Deserve This But Now They Need To Kick On

A second Connacht title in three years is the least these players deserve. Had Galway beaten them for the third time in four consecutive finals it would have been a bitter pill to swallow and hard to come back from.

The job now for Roscommon is to kick on in the All-Ireland series. We’ve seen them in quarter-finals and super 8s before but they’ve consistently failed to deliver.

Time for the Rossies to step up.

Anthony Cunningham Makes History

The first man in history to win provincial titles in both codes. A truly amazing feat.

Rossie Fans Are Mad

They had the pitch invaded before the final whistle was blown…twice.

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