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Roslea keep it simple to claim New York Cup

By Declan Bogue

Belcoo 1-9 Roslea 1-12: Three county titles in four years is the legacy that manager Peter McGinnity has bequeathed his home club Roslea Shamrocks, as they fashioned another New York Cup, leaning against the ropes and using all their ringcraft and experience against a Belcoo side making their first appearance in the showpiece day in 25 years.

The Fermanagh title is usually won by the team displaying the most maturity and organisation and Roslea displayed both attributes when it mattered most.

How they play it is almost a template of simplicity.

In having the Quigley brothers Sean and Seamus as impeccable finishers inside, they withdraw their half-forward line to the point of irrelevance.

From there, they bomb forward high balls and reap the rewards.

There may be a lot of forwards in Ulster that have a broader range of skills than the Quigley brothers, but few strike a ball as sweetly as either. In many ways, both men are throwbacks to a bygone age.

Most of the time, it was James Sherry that was posting perfect deliveries to them.

After a quiet first-half, in which he was shunted to wing forward and then sweeper, he made the utmost impression in the second.

From kickouts and the throw-in, he fielded eight balls cleanly and his contribution was huge.

After going three points ahead in the opening minutes, Belcoo slowed down dramatically. Roslea edged back in with a '45' from Seamus Quigley, a point each from Peter Lynch and Sherry, before Sean Quigley latched onto a defensive mess to thump home.

While Sherry was delivering his tour-de-force in the third quarter, a Gavin Leonard shot came off the post and fell to the veteran Stevie Maguire who rattled the net to bring Belcoo level again.

Another brace of points from Seamus Quigley kept the O'Rahillys at arm's length, answered by a Paul McGrath free that floated in towards Maguire who was clearly being fouled in the square, but the ball sailed over his head and over the bar.

At that stage, McGinnity admitted that "things were unravelling" for Roslea with careless handling errors coming out of defence. A Shane McCabe free was fed to Barry McGovern who drifted it diagonally across the goal for Maguire who fielded before being fouled by Dermot Reilly.

McGrath stepped up for the penalty, but his weak effort was aimed at the feet of Sean Boyle and was ushered to safety.

After the disappointment of that, Belcoo visibly withered.

The dominance of Sherry, added to the ability of either Quigley brother to convert half-chances and long-range frees was to be their undoing.

Sean Quigley escaped Niall Leonard's clutches to nab a point, before brother Seamus converted two frees to create enough of a distance between them to coast home.

A few weeks ago, manager McGinnity was honoured on All-Ireland final day as one of the finest players from counties that have not won Sam Maguire. In his acceptance speech yesterday, captain Sherry hailed him as a legend.

Few around the borderlands would have disagreed as Roslea had their twelfth county title to place in the butchers' window, in their 125th anniversary year.

Roslea: S Boyle; P Sherry, C Mulligan, C Quigley; M Beagan, N Cassidy, M Renfrew; K Cosgrove, J Sherry [Capt] (0-1, 1f); N Cosgrove, S McMahon, P Lynch (0-1); S Lynch, Seamus Quigley (0-7, 2 x '45', 4f), Sean Quigley (1-3). Subs: D Reilly for P Sherry [8m], N McMahon for Renfrew [38m], B Sherlock for P Lynch [39m]

Belcoo: J McGrath; R Leonard, N Leonard, G Leonard (0-1); D Leonard, E Leonard, P McGrath [Capt] (0-1, 1f); B Cox, J Carrigan; S Gallagher, N McGovern, K Leonard (0-1); J Feeley (0-3, 1f), S Maguire (1-2), S McCabe

Subs: C Flaherty (0-1) for Gallagher [11m], B McGovern for E Leonard [half-time], I Corrigan for Feeley [53m]

Man of the Match: Sean Quigley

Referee: Noel Davis [Teemore Shamrocks]

Attendance: 2,500

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