Monaghan 2-17 Roscommon 1-13 19/3/17
Monaghan moved into a four-way tie at the top of the NFL Division One with a comfortable win over Roscommon in Inniskeen on Sunday. Monaghan led by four points at the end of an entertaining first half, before goals by Owen Duffy and Jack McCarron sealed a return to winning ways.
McCarron top-scored with 1-7, while Conor McManus and Dessie Ward (on his first league start) were also among seven scorers for Monaghan, who never trailed in this game. Tadhg O’Rourke got a late consolation goal for Roscommon, but they couldn’t avoid a fifth straight defeat.
Monaghan face Ulster rivals Donegal in a top-of-the-table clash at Ballyshannon next Sunday.
Monaghan: R Beggan; F Kelly (0-1), D Wylie (Capt.), R Wylie; K O’Connell, N McAdam, R McAnespie; D Hughes (0-1), K Hughes; G Doogan, S Carey (0-1), K Duffy; J McCarron (1-7, 0-5f), C McManus (0-4, 2f), D Ward (0-2).
Subs: O Duffy (1-1) for Carey (46), C McCarthy for McAnespie (51), V Corey for K Duffy, O Coyle for D Wylie (both 62), B Greenan for D Hughes (64), S Gollogly for O’Connell (65).
Roscommon: D O’Malley; T Featherston, S McDermott, N McInerney; D Murray, S Mullooly (0-1), G Patterson; T Corcoran, T O’Rourke (1-0); F Cregg, C Devaney (0-2), E Smith (0-1); C Murtagh (Capt., 0-6, 5f), D Smith (0-2), C Connolly.
Subs: U Harney for Cregg, P Brogan for Featherston, R Stack for Patterson (all H-T), D Murtagh (0-1f) for Connolly (49), C Compton for D Smith (53), S Killoran for Corcoran (62).
Referee: N Mooney (Cavan).