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Quickfire Conclusions As Roscommon Shock Mayo In Castlebar Classic

Mayo 0-17

Roscommon 2-12

What a game… what a finish… what a win for Anthony Cunningham and Roscommon.

Two early goals from Roscommon helped them secure a huge win over Mayo in Castlebar in what was a classic Connacht encounter.

It marked the first time that Roscommon beat their rivals away from home in championship football for over 30 years.

Here are our conclusions following a Castlebar Classic

Mayo’s Leaky Defence

James Horan’s side conceded two goals in the opening 12 minutes. At this stage, Roscommon were struggling for scores, however, the two goals clearly gave them the confidence to go on and dominate for large parts of the first half.

Battle Of The Full-Forwards

Roscommon led for large parts of the match but Mayo kept the scoreboard ticking over with full-forward, Darren Coen, in inspired form after a couple of early misses.

However, it seemed as though for every score Coen hit, Conor Cox would answer for Roscommon. The Kerry native was a constant thorn in Mayo’s side throughout. A shrewd move getting the Tralee man in.

Andrew Glennon’s Debut

Glennon was a late replacement for Roscommon coming in for his first championship start and the young man was excellent.

He could have had a goal when he pounced onto a loose ball, however, Hennelly saved smartly and he sprayed some excellent passes around the park. Was withdrawn at half-time in a surprising move by Anthony Cunningham.

Goalkeepers Union

Both goalkeepers trotted up the field to kick frees, however, they had very different days from the dead ball.

Roscommon’s Darren O’Malley kicked a couple of beauties from frees while Mayo’s Rob Hennelly struggled in front of the posts. However, O’Malley missed a vital kick in the final ten minutes with Roscommon trailing by one. It mattered not though in the end.

Roscommon Bench

Roscommon were able to spring some serious talent from the bench, not least captain, Enda Smith and his brother Donie who were able to inject some much-needed life into the Rossies as Mayo clawed their way back into the game.

Mayo’s Wastefulness & Roscommon’s Efficiency

While Mayo had a good spread of scorers, they wasted a lot of good opportunities.

Meanwhile, Roscommon were much more efficient with their shot selection.

Fergal Boland’s Late Show

The Aghamore man worked hard throughout, however, was rarely noticed until the final quarter of the game when he kicked back-to-back points to put Mayo in front.

Conor Daly Block

When the game hung in the balance it looked as though Mayo’s experience might pull them through. Nobody would have been surprised had Andy Moran knocked over the winner but when he had the chance, Conor Daly pulled off an epic block to keep the sides level. It proved crucial as they would go on to score the winner seconds later.

Fintan Cregg The Hero

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. When Roscommon needed a hero to step up and kick the winner it was Fintan Cregg, the substitute highlighting just how crucial Roscommon’s bench was on the day.

Connacht The Best Championship?

For the longest time, the narrative has been that the Ulster Football Championship is the best and most competitive but is it really?

Roscommon, Mayo and Galway each competed in Division 1 this season and have all been crowned Connacht Champions in the last number of years.

Many would have bet their house on Mayo this evening but Roscommon really rose to the occasion to spring a huge upset.

The Connacht final really is anybody’s game now.

James Horan’s Connacht Record Ruined

Until today James Horan’s record in Connacht was 18 wins from 18 games, however, it’s back to the drawing board now for the league champions who will have to navigate their way through the qualifiers, then the super 8s if they are to stand any chance of stopping Dublin’s drive-for-five.

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