The people of Roscommon will party long into the week following Sunday’s historic Connacht SFC triumph, and rightly so.
It was the county’s first provincial title in seven years and at the full-time whistle it was evident that a famine had been quenched.
There were jubilant scenes as the Roscommon folk descended on the pitch, invading the Pearse Stadium turf that their players conquered over Galway in what must be described as an upset.
Galway, having beaten Mayo in Connacht for the second year in a row, were hotly fancied going into Sunday’s showdown. However, Kevin McStay’s side had other ideas.
The 2-15 to 0-12 scoreline didn’t flatter McStay’s men as they were full value for the nine-point victory. Their hunger and desire was clear for all to see at the Galway venue. While the Tribesmen aimed to retain their crown, Roscommon were seeking to avenge last year’s loss and claim their first Connacht championship since 2010.
The game itself was fiercely contested, seeing three red cards in total. Michael Lundy and Daniel Comer of Galway were given their marching orders for their roles in a late brawl where as Roscommon’s Cian Connolly amassed two yellow cards.
On the football front, the Rossies were not to be matched. They were far superior to their opponents man for man, start to finish.
The pitch invasion at full-time showed us all what is great about the provincial championships, and especially upsets in the GAA championship. While hardly a monumental shock, not many gave Roscommon any hope coming into the clash, which made the win extra sweet for their followers, no doubt.
Famous RTÉ commentator, Marty Morrissey captured the sheer ecstasy of the Roscommon people at the full-time whistle with this tweet:
My friend Paddy Joe Burke got a bit excited when Roscommon won today !! Congratulations Roscommon ! And Congratulations Kevin Mc Stay ! pic.twitter.com/EVKaXA4Bdc
— Marty Morrissey (@MartyM_RTE) July 9, 2017
Brilliant scenes which capture the raw emotion of the Roscommon supporters.
Paddy Joe Burke’s reaction to the victory, Roscommon’s 22nd ever Connacht SFC, sums up pretty much how all of those in the county felt at that moment. “YES!”
Watch this week’s episode of The 16th Man, where we will review the Connact final, and the rest of the weekend’s action, live on the Pundit Arena GAA Facebook page at 7pm on Monday.