Roscommon continued their perfect start to the Division One of the Allianz Football League following a one point over Galway in Salthill this afternoon.
Davy Burke's tenure as manager had gotten off to a fantastic start last weekend against Tyrone and he would have once again been pleased today as his side came from four points down to win by one.
The Roscommon defence proved to be resilient as they prevented the Tribesmen from scoring a single point in the final quarter.
Burke's side had trailed 0-5 to 0-3 at the break after a half which saw Galway's Damien Comer stretchered off in the opening stages after sustaining what appeared to be a serious knee injury.
Richard Hughes proved to be the match winner. The Roscommon Gaels man held his nerve in the fourth minute of injury time to score from twenty metres out.
Richard Hughes’ winner which won it for Roscommon against Galway 🔥
— The GAA Corner (@thegaacorner) February 5, 2023
Willie Hegarty called the closing stages on Shannonside FM:
If you cannot be there, Willie is the man to keep you company! Great win again… #UpRos #RosGAA @hegarty_willie @clubrossie pic.twitter.com/lZ1M15ZfPh
— David Leydon (@dleydon) February 5, 2023
Having been considered by many as being likely contenders for relegation to Division Two, Roscommon's fantastic start may come as a surprise for those involved in the setup and it is even being envied by other counties.
Kildare fans are lamenting the fact that Burke who is from the county is not managing their side. They were heavily beaten by Cork in Division Two in Newbridge this afternoon.
Burke expressed interest in taking over the job in September 2021 when Jack O'Connor departed however Glenn Ryan was given the nod by the county board.
The Lilywhites are now in danger of being relegated from Division Two and falling into the Tailteann Cup after back-to-back defeats.
Meanwhile a Kildare man is doing wonders for Roscommon. County board should be embarrassed.
— Oghan (@Oghan987) February 5, 2023
Roscommon continue to impress in Div 1. Wonder if Kildare could ever land their manager...
— Phil Greene (@iampgreene) February 5, 2023
Davy Burke who wanted the kildare job and was turned away has roscommon beating Tyrone and Galway and playing great football.
— Tyrone delaney (@Tyronedelaney7) February 5, 2023
Roscommon manager reacts to win over Galway
Burke spoke after today's win.
"Going to Salthill, it's obviously a very tough place to go but I'm happy with the result, another two points on the board," Burke said after the game.
"I would've taken your hand off for that at the start of the league last week, four points out of four."
ROSSIES RULE DIVISION 1🟡🔵
Roscommon are top of Division 1 following their 0-9 to 0-8 win over Galway in Salthill😳
Davy Burke, the League specialist👑 pic.twitter.com/ZkSRRBR7MJ
— GAA Editz (@Gaa_editz) February 5, 2023
There is no action in the football league next week with Roscommon set to return to action on February 19th against Armagh at Dr. Hyde Park.
Elsewhere in Division One today, Kerry had a comfortable win over Monaghan who sit bottom of the table, while Tyrone were also easy winners against Donegal.
Armagh and Mayo's encounter at the Athletic Grounds ended in a draw with Rian O'Neill scoring an equalising free deep into stoppage time.