GAA | Roscommon stun Mayo in Castlebar
Roscommon have beaten Mayo in the Connacht championship!Mayo 0-17 Roscommon 2-12Watch the full-time highlights here! pic.twitter.com/fTwOGVLWol — The GAA (@officialgaa) May 25, 2019 Lee Keegan and Moran had chances to restore Mayo's lead, but Roscommon defended determinedly, and Fintan Cregg split the posts for the visitors on the counter. Moran then received a black card for a cynical foul during another Roscommon breakaway. In the dying seconds, Mayo were given the chance to send the game to extra time with a free. However, with the last kick of the ball, Kevin McLoughlin dropped his effort wide of the near post. The final whistle sounded seconds later, confirming Mayo's banishment to the back door qualifiers. The result may have been a shock in some quarters, but it was no fluke. Roscommon reached the Super 8s last year, and will now contest their fourth consecutive Connacht final. They deserve enormous credit for their clinical finishing and dogged defending. The Rossies grabbed their goals at a crucial time, halting Mayo's bright start, and had the quality to go toe-to-toe with the league champions in the second half. Despite their relegation from Division One, they have proven in recent years that they are one of the top eight teams in the country. For Mayo, however, it is an enormous blow after such a promising spring. Mayo have come closest to stopping the Dublin juggernaut in recent years, and have been touted as one of the few counties capable of stopping the drive for five. Now, however, they will have to pick themselves up and navigate their way through the perils of the qualifiers if they are to reach the Super 8s. While they were slipping to an agonizing home defeat to Roscommon, 14-man Dublin were breezing past Louth by a margin of 26 points. Can Mayo now bounce back? Never write them off. One thing is sure. They are box office entertainment.