Mannion the hero as Cavan lose out
Roscommon 2-13 Cavan 1-15
Published 21/04/2008 | 07:03
In the end the smiles said it all as Roscommon won their first competitive game in almost a year when they came from behind to defeat Cavan in their final league game of the season in front of a sparse crowd at Dr Hyde Park.
With both teams already relegated there was little to play for, but credit must go to both sides for a rip roaring game that entertained and infuriated at times.
Cavan took advantage of the strong breeze at their backs and were four points up after just ten minutes courtesy of a goal from Ronan Flanagan when Sean Johnson had unlocked the Roscommon backs with an excellent pass.
However, stand-in manager Paul Earley made a couple of changes and this invigorated the home side when Paddy O'Connor's line ball found Kilbride who in turn found Johnny Dunning who made no mistake. But Cavan responded and at half-time four points was the difference.
The second half was an intriguing contest with Roscommon pulling points back only for Cavan to extend their lead once more.
Cavan led by four points with over ten minutes to go and it looked like Roscommon were doomed to relegation without winning a match when Karol Mannion converted a penalty to was clinical to send the Roscommon supporters wild.
Into injury time and Roscommon had one more chance. The ball fell to Mannion who dispatched the ball over the bar to give Roscommon their first competitive win since defeating Cavan in the league last year.