Slick Roscommon strangle life from Under 21s

Without ever hitting great heights, a slick Roscommon slowly but surely strangled the life from the challenge of a limited Leitrim side in last Saturday’s Cadbury’s Connacht Under 21 Championship Semi-Final in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada.

Without ever hitting great heights, a slick Roscommon slowly but surely strangled the life from the challenge of a limited Leitrim side in last Saturday’s Cadbury’s Connacht Under 21 Championship Semi-Final in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada.

By John Connolly

Without ever hitting great heights, a slick Roscommon slowly but surely strangled the life from the challenge of a limited Leitrim side in last Saturday’s Cadbury’s Connacht Under 21 Championship Semi-Final in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada.

CADBURY’S U-21 CONNACHT CHAMPIONSHIP

LEITRIM 0-6

ROSCOMMON 0-15

Leitrim fans are sick to the back teeth of hearing of what might have been but a limited U-21 side wasted three goal chances in the first half, chances that, had they been converted, would have given them a foot-hold in the game against a Roscommon side who just had a far clearer idea of what they were about on the day.

Three times in the opening 16 minutes, Leitrim created chances that would have given them something to hold onto against the pre-match favourites but Conor Beirne, who had all three, saw one shot blocked and two go agonisingly wide.

It was the sort of luck that typified this Leitrim side – already missing long term injury victim and leader Ciaran Egan, the U-21s were also without the driving presence of Aaron Hickey with a broken collar bone and Eoin Ward who came down with a very bad flu on the evening of the match.

With Beirne ploughing a lonely furrow in attack, Leitrim needed to take each and every one of the chances they created but on the day, they were missing that little bit of luck they needed.

You couldn’t fault the commitment of this team, they gave it everything but they lacked the direction of a Roscommon team who also lined up with three first choice players, in particular the impressive Cathal Shine, but it seemed to make little difference to what they were doing.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer