Conor Daly's goal proved key for the Rossies today. James Crombie/INPHO
Close Call

Roscommon reach fifth U21 Connacht football final in a row

There was nearly late drama in Sligo but the 2012 champions held on.

Roscommon 1-12

Sligo 1-10

AFTER A COMFORTABLE 11-point win in their Connacht U21 football championship quarter-final with Mayo, Roscommon were made to work a lot harder by Sligo in Markievicz park this evening as they looked to reach five provincial finals in a row.

While a Conor Daly goal ten minutes from time looked to have given the Rossies an unassailable lead, Sligo fought back tremendously to close out the game on a 1-3 to 0-1 run. However it was too little, too late.

Nigel Dineen’s men made the brighter start with Shane Killoran (2) and Enda Smith helping them into an early 0-3 to 0-1 lead. Sligo fought back however and thanks to Niall Murphy found themselves two points in front approaching half-time.

Two quick points from Diarmuid Murtagh levelled things once again though before Ciaran Kilcline sent Roscommon into the half-time break with the narrowest of leads, 0-6 to 0-5.

The Rossies had much the better of the early stages of the second half and were cruising even before Daly found the net.

However, while Cian Breheny’s goal gave them a worrying final few minutes but they still had enough in hand to ensure they will play Leitrim for their third Connacht U21 football title in five years.

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