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Reigning Connacht champions knocked out at quarter-final stage in Roscommon

Roscommon Gaels defeated the title holders by five points.

Padraig Pearses players after last January's Connacht final win.
Padraig Pearses players after last January's Connacht final win.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

REIGNING CONNACHT AND Roscommon champions Padraig Pearses were knocked out at the quarter-final stage of their county senior football championship yesterday evening.

Pearses were defeated 1-11  to 1-6 by Roscommon Gaels in Dr Hyde Park as they saw their title defence end in the last eight clash.

Pat Flanagan’s team had enjoyed a brilliant start with Jack Tumulty’s early goal helping them go ahead 1-2 to 0-0.

But their lead was cut to the minimum, 1-3 to 0-5, at half-time before Cian Connolly’s early second-half goal propelled Roscommon Gaels to victory. They will play Oran or Strokestown in the semi-final.

Padraig Pearses had collected  their second Roscommon senior title in three seasons last year before pushing on to defeat Galway’s Mountbellew-Moylough and Mayo’s Knockmore to lift the Connacht title. Their All-Ireland ambitions were ended at the semi-final stage by Dublin’s Kilmacud Crokes.

In yesterday’s other Roscommon quarter-final, St Brigid’s saw off Clann na nGael by 2-12 to 1-12. Ben O’Carroll fired two goals for the winners and they will now take on Boyle or Michael Glaveys in the semi-final.

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