Colm Gannon reports from MacHale Park
LEE KEEGAN MADE a return to Mayo colours as Stephen Rochford’s side stormed to a 1-19 to 0-14 victory over Roscommon in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League this evening.
Cillian O’Connor’s second-half penalty helped the hosts to an eight-point win with Keegan coming off the bench to score two points, while Roscommon are still searching for their first point of the campaign.
Six days after winning an All-Ireland club title with Westport, Keegan was called into action earlier than expected when Colm Boyle was shown a black card after 30 minutes.
He was one of 12 different scorers for Mayo as they claimed their second win of the competition.
Mayo did, however, hit three wides inside the opening three minutes and looked like they could be in trouble when Roscommon raced into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead after seven minutes.
Shane Killronan, Donie Smith and Fintan Cregg all landed fine points for the visitors but Mayo found their way through the gears and reeled off eight points on the bounce, with Cillian O’Connor kicking four of them.
Fergal Boland added two more, with Jason Gibbons and Diarmuid O’Connor, who started in the middle of park for Mayo, kicking one each.
Killoran was shown a black card for Roscommon on 23 minutes, but his side followed that up with two points on the bounce, one from Smith and the other a fine Diarmuid Murtagh score which closed the gap back to four points.
Mayo responded well with Donal Vaughan and Conor O’Shea kicking points.
Roscommon could have got in for two goals in the latter stages of the half with Enda Smith and Sean Mullooly forcing David Clarke into two great saves.
O’Connor hit the post after being played in by Boland a minute into the second half, but he made no mistake two minutes later from the penalty spot after Evan Regan was dragged to the ground by Mullooly, to put Mayo nine points clear.
Conor Devaney responded with two points inside a minute fro Roscommon, but the game was gone from them already at that stage.
Mayo were able to run their bench and introduced last year’s All-Star, Brendan Harrision for his first game time this year and the Aghamore man finished up with two points to his name.
He wasn’t the only Mayo sub to get in on the scoring action, with both Keegan and Conor Loftus raising the white flag on two occasions each.
Next up for Mayo is Dublin while Kerry await Roscommon in Hyde Park next Sunday.
Scorers for Mayo: C O’Connor (1-4, 1-0 pen, 1f), L Keegan (0-2), F Boland (0-2), B Harrision (0-2), C Loftus (0-2), K McLoughlin (0-1), C O’Shea (0-1), E Regan (0-1, 1f), J Gibbons (0-1), D O’Connor (0-1), A A Moran (0-1), D Vaughan (0-1).
Scorers for Roscommon: C Devaney (0-3), D Smith (0-3), E Smith (0-2), C Murtagh (0-2), F Cregg (0-1), T Corcoran (0-1), N Kilroy (0-1), S Kiloran (0-1).
1. David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites)
2. Donie Newcombe (Castlebar Mitchels)
8. Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe)
3. Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis)
5. Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore)
4. Paddy Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels)
6. Colm Boyle (Davitts)
9. Jason Gibbons (Ballintubber)
12. Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber)
10. Fergal Boland (Aghamore)
14. Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber, capt)
24. Conor O’Shea (Breaffy)
11. Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore)
13. Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen)
26. Evan Regan (Ballina Stephenites)
21. Lee Keegan (Westport) for Boyle (BC)
23. Conor Loftus (Crossmolina) for A Moran
17.Brendan Harrision (Aghamore) for Vaughan
19. Michael Plunkett (Ballintubber) for O’Shea
26. Liam Irwin (Breaffy) for Regan
Shan Nally (Garrymore) for Boland
1. Colm Lavin (Eire Og)
2. David Murray (Padraig Pearses)
3. Sean Mullooly (Strokestown)
4, Niall McInerney (St Brigids)
5. Ronan Stack (St Brigids)
6. Sean McDermott (Western Gaels)
7. John McManus (Roscommon Gaels)
8.Shane Kilronan (Elphin)
9. Tadgh O’Rourke (Tulsk)
10. Fintan Cregg (Elphin)
11. Ciaran Murtagh (St Faithleachs)
12. Enda Smith (Boyle)
13. Donie Smith (Boyle)
14. Tom Corcoran (Strokestown)
15. Conor Devaney (Kilbride)
18. Ciaran Cafferkey (Western Gaels) for Killronan (BC)
21. Kevin Higgins (Western Gaels) for F Cregg
25. G Patterson (Michael Glaveys) for McDermott
19. C Connolly (Roscommon Gaels) for D Smith
22. Niall Kilroy (Fuerty) for Stack
23. Brian Murtagh (St Faithleachs) for Devaney.
Referee: J McQuillan (Cavan).
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