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Systems failure

Wednesday, 19th June, 2019 10:34am
Systems failure

Roscommon captain Enda Smith on the attack against Sean Andy O Ceallaigh.

Systems failure

Roscommon captain Enda Smith on the attack against Sean Andy O Ceallaigh.

By Alan Dooley

THERE was a distinct sense of déjà vu for Galway football supporters on Sunday afternoon as Roscommon deservedly claimed their 23rd provincial title in front of a crowd of 17,639 in Pearse Stadium with a 1-13 to 0-12 victory over the home side, whose challenge capitulated after a promising first half.
The sight of thousands of delirious Rossies supporters streaming onto the Salthill pitch for the second time in three years, albeit prematurely at first, to celebrate with their heroes underlined the fact that provincial titles do still hold plenty of value in modern times, despite recent calls at national level for structure change.
An unwelcome four in-a-row came to pass for Galway as they were unable to make home advantage count yet again in a Connacht final. Having led by five at the interval after making light work of the downpour that arrived towards the end of the half, Galway boss Kevin Walsh cut a perplexed figure as he tried to make sense of a deeply disappointing outcome for his side.

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