Two early second half goals in as many minutes helped build the platform for Rosenallis to ease past Mountrath in the early game in O Moore Park on Sunday morning.
After a tit for tat first half which saw Rosenallis take a one point lead in at the break, Rosenallis firmly established their superiority in the second running out easy winners on a scoreline of 4-16 to 1-13.
There was eight minutes on the scoreboard before Mountrath full forward Kevin O’Keeffe registered the game’s first score pointing from twenty yards, his midfield colleague Paul Mede opened his account two minutes later giving Mountrath an early two point lead. Rosenallis opened their account with an Enda McEvoy effort in the eleventh minute. Both sides traded scores in the twelfth and thirteenth minutes to leave he scoreboard reading 0-4 to 0-2 in Mountrath’s favour on the quarter hour, but a minute later the game’s opening goal was to turn the tide in favour of the men in green.
Rosenallis keeper Dillon Creagh struck a speculative long range free from his own 45’ that bounced harmlessly into the back of the Mountrath net giving Rosenallis the lead for the first time.
The Villagers extended their lead to two points in the nineteenth minute with a good solo effort on the run from Ronan Murray. Mountrath responded with three points in a row to regain the lead by one with five minutes left in the first, but Rosenallis hit back with their own hat-trick of unanswered scores as the first half drew to a close. and they lead 1-8 to 0-10 lead heading to the break.
Rosenallis burst out of the blocks in the second half and hit two goals in the first two minutes. The first an excellently struck ten yard effort from John Lennon after neat interplay with Ronan Murray, the second a result of real opportunism from Declan Walsh. Brian Fitzpatrick’s free rebounded of the post and Walsh was quickest to react crashing home from six yards.
Mountrath’s day went from bad to worse when centre back Paul Rice saw red in the 35th minute for a wild pull on Niall Dolan. A minute later the final nail in the Mountrath coffin was issued when Rosenallis raised their fourth green flag. John Lennon struck a speculative free from forty yards which inexplicably ended up in the Mountrath net.
SCORERS - Rosenallis:John Lennon 2-2 (1-0 free, 0-1 ’65), Dillon Creagh 1-0 (free), Declan Walsh 1-2, Simon Smith 0-4, Niall Doolan, Ronan Murray 0-3 (0-1 free) each, Brian Fitzpatrick, Patrick Keating 0-1 each; Mountrath: Colm Lanham 1-2, James Hyland 0-4, Kevin O Keefe 0-3, Dan Russell 0-2 (frees), Damien Lanham, Paul Meade 0-1 each.
ROSENALLIS: Dillon Creagh; Thomas Gorman, Thomas Keating, JJ Smith; Marcus Redmond, Joseph Dooley, Ronan Doolan; Enda McEvoy, Simon Smith; Ronan Murray, Niall Doolan, John Lennon; Brian Fitzpatrick, Declan Walsh, Patrick Keating. Subs: Ruaidhri Fennell for JJ Smith (23 mins), Eoin Kelly for M.Redmond (44 min), Eoin Carroll for E. McEvoy (53 mins), Joseph Keating for S.Smith (60 mins)
MOUNTRATH: Paddy Carroll; Billy Kirwin, Kevin Byrne, Diarmuid Murphy; Paul Rice, Mick Meade, James Fahy; Paul Meade, James O’Keefe; Colm Linehan, James Hyland, Dan Russell; Damien Lanham, Kevin O’Keefe, Colm Lanham. Subs: Gavin Sydes for J.Fahy (34mins), Peter Rice for D.Murphy (34 mins), Mattie Rice for C.Linehan (45 mins), Mick O’Brien for D.Lanaham (53 mins)