New York went crashing out of the All Ireland football championship after Roscommon proved far superior in their first round Connacht Championship game in Gaelic Park in The Bronx.
All the ingredients seemed in place for a classic battle with a huge crowd, wonderful conditions and a New York team that many believed was the best to be fielded in years .
The final score was 3-21 to 1-11 in a game that will bitterly disappoint the New York GAA fans who believed their side had a real shot after running Galway close last year.
The game was over in the first fifteen minutes, when despite some good initial midfield work, New York just proved totally outclassed by the 2010 Connacht champions who started with a flurry of points.
New York never recovered from the slow start and , apart from a brief period in the last ten minutes of the first half, they never showed their true colors.
Dangerman Dan Doona was utterly quiet and the loss of Armagh minor player Robbie Tasker before the ball was thrown in was also highly significant.
Roscommmon easily dealt with the high ball into the full forward line where Kenny O'Connor competed gallantly for New York and deserved his goal but they never never managed to put Roscommon under any realistic pressure.
New York were yards slower to the breaking ball and their overworked defense never proved equal to the task of stopping the Roscommon runs into the heart of their defense.
Goals from Kevin Higgins, Senana Kilbrie and Cathal Cregg were thoroughly deserved fro Roscommon who showed a welcome return to form.
New York's best player was half forward Jason Kelly who ran his heart out trying to stem the tide while Pat Madden and Stephen Harold at midfield had some fine catches to their name. Goalkeeper Alan Hearty was blameless for the goals that beat him and made a magnificent save in the first half.
Overall this Roscommon side looked sharper, far fitter than Galway were last year and will be looking forward to the Connacht Championship on the basis of this display.
Best for them were Donal Ward, Senan O'Grady and Donie Shine.
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