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Roscommon ease into Connacht final after 12-point win in Sligo

Elsewhere, Westmeath saw off Longford to advance to the Leinster semi-finals and Tipperary prevailed in Munster.

Roscommon's Cian McKeon releases Conor Cox, who scored 0-6.
Roscommon's Cian McKeon releases Conor Cox, who scored 0-6.
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Updated Apr 30th 2022, 8:55 PM

Connact SFC semi-final

Sligo 0-11 Roscommon 0-23

Leinster SFC quarter-final

Westmeath 3-13 Longford 0-14

Munster SFC quarter-final

Waterford 1-8 Tipperary 2-13

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ROSCOMMON EASED INTO the Connacht senior football championship final after a 12-point win over Sligo this evening.

The Rossies travelled to Markievicz Park knowing that anything but victory would be a huge shock, and they avoided any such upset as they set up a provincial final date with either Galway or Leitrim.

Anthony Cunningham’s side opened their championship bid on a high and built on their fine league form — in which they overcame the Tribe in the Division 2 decider — with 11 different scorers contributing this evening, and 0-18 coming from play.

Conor Cox top-scored with 0-6 — 0-3 from play — while Ciaran Murtagh and Enda Smith kicked five points and four points respectively.

Sligo threatened early on, but a red card for David Phillips ultimately ended the game as a contest. The Rossies led by four points at half time — 0-9 to 0-5 — as a crowd of 6,059 watched on. 

Niall Murphy was the Yeats’ main scoring outlet, finishing with 0-3 — 0-2 from frees.

Tony McEntee’s men, who had previously squeezed past New York in the Big Apple, now go back to the drawing board ahead of the Tailteann Cup while Roscommon’s attention turns to the Connacht final on 29 May.

Elsewhere, Westmeath enjoyed an eight-point win over Longford to advance to the Leinster championship semi-finals.

Goals were key for the hosts at Mullingar’s TEG Cusack Park; John Heslin and substitute duo Ronan O’Toole and Robbie Forde all raised green flags. Heslin hit 1-5 (four frees) in total.

Jack Cooney’s men led 1-9 to 0-4 at half time, and now march on to the last four.

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In Munster, Tipperary booked their semi-final spot after a 2-13 to 1-8 victory in Waterford.

David Power’s 2020 provincial champions got the job done in Dungarvan, and now face Limerick — who overcame Clare after a dramatic penalty shoot-out — in the last four on 14 May.

Steven O’Brien made his return with a superb individual goal, while Conor Sweeney — who was busy in front of the posts — raised Tipp’s other green flag via a first-half penalty.

Ephie Fitzgerald’s Waterford scored a goal of their own from the spot, with Jason Curry dispatching accordingly in the fifth minute, but Tipp turned things around and took control on the scoreboard from there.

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