Roscommon replay set for Monday, August 7

Rossies draw with Mayo after Croke Park thriller

Roscommon replay set for Monday, August 7

Roscommon's Sean McDermott and Mayo's Cillian O'Connor. Photo by James Molloy

Roscommon fans will be heading back to Dublin on the August Bank Holiday Monday after the GAA refixed their replay against Mayo for Monday, August 6.

No time has been fixed for the game after Sunday's exciting 1-12 to 2-9 draw in Croke Park with Kerry awaiting the winners in the All-Ireland Semi-Final after they had eight points to spare over Galway.

The contest burst into life with a goal from Fintan Cregg, his chipped shot may have been an effort for a point but it caught David Clarke off his line and ended up in the net. It got even better for Roscommon as Diarmuid Murtagh offloaded the ball to his brother Ciaran for a second goal.

Unfortunately for Roscommon, Mayo’s response was instant as Lee Keegan, operating in midfield, burst forward but his shot took a wicked deflection off Niall McInerney and ended up in the Roscommon net.

Mayo had the better of the rest of the half and with Roscommon missing a host of good chances and unable to get their attack moving, Mayo hit four points in a row and they led 1-8 to 2-3 in the second half.

Roscommon defied the expectations that Mayo’s big game experience would prove crucial as they held last year’s All-Ireland finalists to just four second half points.

Roscommon led with 15 minutes left after Donal Smith found the target but Mayo fought back and Paddy Durcan looked to have given Mayo the win when he pointed in added time.

In the third minute of the six allocated minutes of injury time Brendan Harrison was penalised for touching the ball on the ground and substitute Donal Smith hit a monster free from under the Cusack Stand and just inside the 45m line to level the tie.

Cillian O'Connor missed three chances, two from frees, in the final two minutes and despite all the extra time, neither side could force a winner.

Mayo: D Clarke; C Barrett, B Harrison, G Cafferkey; L Keegan (1-3), K Higgins, C Boyle (0-1); S O'Shea, A O'Shea; J Doherty (0-1), P Durcan (0-2), D O'Connor, K McLoughlin C O'Connor (0-3, 2f), A Moran (0-2). Subs: D Vaughan for Boyle 51m, C Loftus for Moran 58m; T Parsons for S O'Shea 61m, S Coen for D O'Connor 65m; D Drake for Doherty 71m

Roscommon:C Lavin; D Murray, N McInerney, C Devaney (0-1); J McManus, S Mullooly, S McDermott; T O'Rourke, E Smith (0-1); B Stack, N Kilroy, F Cregg (1-1); C Murtagh (1-2, 2f), D Murtagh (0-2, 1f), C Connolly. Subs: D Smith (0-2, 1f) for Connolly 50m; Colin Compton for C Murtagh; 58m; Cathal Compton for D Murtagh 62m, I Kilbride for McDermott 64m, R Stack for Devaney 70m

Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)

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