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IN PICTURES: Roscommon win Connacht MFC in dire weather conditions

Roscommon overcame Sligo in horrendous weather conditions to secure success in this year's Connacht Minor Football Championship on Saturday evening. 

At the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Mayo, howling winds and persistent rain ensured that the 2020 final was never likely to be a high-scoring affair.

In the end, 1-05 was enough for Roscommon as Sligo rallied late to conjure up 1-02 of their own and give the score-line a greater degree of respectability.

Roscommon Eoin Colleran of Roscommon lifts the trophy, watched by parents and guardians. Photo by Sportsfile

After a first-half where Sligo's minor footballers failed to register a score, the impediment of playing against the wind looked like it would play a decisive role in deciding the outcome.

Yet, when Roscommon's turn to take on the conditions came in the second-half, Shane Walsh struck where Sligo had occasionally threatened and grabbed the game's first goal.

Although it looked an unassailable lead when Roscommon added another point and Sligo remained scoreless well into the second-half, the defeated finalists did rally late on to score 1-02 of their own.

It was not enough, however, and the Rossies progressed to win their first Connacht MFC in 8 years.

IN PICTURES: Roscommon 1-05 Sligo 1-02

Ciaran O'Reilly of Sligo in action against Alan McManus of Roscommon

Roscommon

Ciaran O'Reilly of Sligo in action against Colm Neary of Roscommon

Roscommon's Eoin Colleran and Dara Foy of Sligo

A general view of action during the Electric Ireland Connacht GAA Football Minor Championship Final

Roscommon's Alan McManus in action against Brian Byrne of Sligo

Roscommon's Oisín Cregg celebrates

James Kiernan of Sligo is tackled by Roscommon's Oisín Cregg and Jamesie Greene

Ciaran O'Reilly, left, and Ronan Kelly of Sligo

Roscommon players celebrate following the Electric Ireland Connacht GAA Football Minor Championship Final

Ciaran O'Reilly of Sligo is tackled by Roscommon's Oisín Cregg and Alan McManus

Sligo goalkeeper Jack Lundy takes a kick-out

Roscommon

Roscommon's Eoin Colleran in action against Dara Foy of Sligo

Roscommon

All pictures courtesy of Sportsfile. 

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