Slow start proves costly
WITH Louth aiming to arrest a debilitating tendency for slow starts and Roscommon intent on putting an abject performance against Down behind them, the start was always going to be crucial at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday.
And so it proved, as a devastating opening 10 minutes from the Rossies put them firmly in the driving seat in a make-orbreak showdown.
Louth did offer some measure of resistance as the firsthalf progressed, but in the end Roscommon’s extra class and craft trumped the home side’s resilience quite comfortably.
In truth, Louth never really recovered from that devastat-
Roscommon Louth 1-21 0-12
ing opening salvo by Roscommon.
The Connacht outfit barely let their hosts out of their own half as they opened a fivepoint lead inside 10 minutes, by which point the Reds were lucky not be chasing an even bigger deficit.
Midfielders Enda Smith and Conor Daly set the tone with an explosive start to the contest.
The drove Roscommon for- ward from the first whistle and the latter opened the scoring after just 20 seconds.
Craig Lynch dropped the resulting kick-out straight to a grateful Conor Devenney and he made it two-nil with barely a minute on the clock.
Then it was Smith’s turn to take centre stage, curling over a super point from the left, before switching sides and technique to fire over a sublime point with the outside of his boot.
Another Devenney point made it 0-5 to no score and then Roscommon passed up two goal chances.
An over-elaborate build-up allowed Louth to clear their