Clinical efficiency in front of the posts and dominance in the middle of the field were the bed rock of Roscommon's facile success over Leitrim in last Saturday's Under 21 Hastings Cup clash in Pairc Sheain Ui Eslin, Ballinamore.
A late Conor Beirne goal took some of the hurt off the score-line for the Leitrim lads but there wasn't much to feel good about last Saturday as Roscommon took everything the home side threw at them and then applied the killer touch with an instinctiveness Leitrim could only envy.
In fairness, Leitrim were without quite a few first choice players and the addition of Eoin Ward, Keith Moran, Sean McWeeney and a few more will make a huge difference to a team that started with four of last year's County Minors and added a couple of more as subs.
With keeper Philip Farrelly making a couple of fantastic saves in the first half, Leitrim tried manfully but couldn't match Roscommon's team-work and strength in the middle of the field where Cathal Shine & Aaron Feehily ruled the roost.
There were some bright spots, ironically both at either end of the field – Ciaran Egan dominated at full-back and looks like a real find for the Senior team in the years ahead while Morgan Quinn showed an eye for a score that was sadly lacking from his team-mates.
Despite only being out of the Minor ranks, Shane Moran continues to impress with his spirit and drive, really looking a massive prospect for the future while Daragh Flynn at corner-back also did well.
This team will improve immeasurably with the addition of those missing last Saturday but Roscommon showed there is still a lot of work to do be done. However, heart can be taken from last year's team who were walloped off the field by Cavan in their opening Hastings Cup encounter but were a different outfit in the championship come March.
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