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Roscommon’s late rally can’t stop Galway’s title stroll in Connacht

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Winners: Galway captain Sean Kelly lifts the Connacht SFC trophy. Credit: INPHO/Ben Brady

Winners: Galway captain Sean Kelly lifts the Connacht SFC trophy. Credit: INPHO/Ben Brady

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Winners: Galway captain Sean Kelly lifts the Connacht SFC trophy. Credit: INPHO/Ben Brady

Galway secured the Connacht Senior Football title with a deserved 2-19 to 2-16 success over Roscommon in Salthill.

Roscommon led early before Galway struck for 1-3 without reply for an advantage that they would never lose. Cillian McDaid levelled for the Tribesmen before Shane Walsh banged in a brilliant 18th minute goal following a move involving Damian Comer and Johnny Heaney.

Kieran Molloy and Rob Finnerty tagged on points and just before the break Patrick Kelly got a vital second goal. Roscommon had the final say of the half from Ultan Harney, but it was Galway who led 2-7 to 0-8 at the break.

Points from Heaney, Comer, Finnerty and Walsh put Galway 2-15 to 0-12 clear with only 15 minutes left on the clock.

Roscommon badly needed a goal and it arrived in the 63rd minute when Conor Daly palmed in from close range and while they got a second major deep in injury-time through substitute Diarmuid Murtagh it only served to put a gloss on the scoreboard.

The two provincial finals played on Saturday proved to be damp squibs as Kerry and Dublin strolled to victory in Munster and Leinster respectively.

Killarney’s 1-28 to 0-8 win was never in doubt, they took a 0-12 to 0-3 lead into the break and at that stage it was already over, Kerry missing a couple of goal chances into the bargain.

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Killian Spillane top scored for Kerry with 1-3, Sean O’Shea (five) and Paul Geaney (four) also featuring prominently while corner back Tom O’Sullivan weighed in with three points. Cian Sheehan had three points for Limerick with Iain Corbett getting a brace.

The Leinster final was effectively over as a contest inside 20 minutes as Dublin put four goals past Kildare. Cormac Costello, Ciaran Kilkenny, Con O’Callaghan and John Small all found the net in that early blitz.

Costello added a second after the break with O’Callaghan, Dean Rock and Brian Fenton finishing with a dozen points between them. Kildare improved after the break, but it was a damage limitation exercise at that stage. Jimmy Hyland top scored for the Lilly Whites with 1-4 while Ben McCormack kicked five points.


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