Christy Ring Cup: Down beat Roscommon to set up semi-final against Meath

Down hurling manager Michael Johnston
Michael Johnston's Down team will face Meath in the Christy Ring Cup semi-finals

Down staged a strong second-half display to set up a Christy Ring Cup semi-final against Meath as they beat Roscommon 1-14 to 1-7 at Ballycran.

The Mourne County led only 0-7 to 0-6 at half-time but seven unanswered Down scores helped Down take control.

Naos Connaughton's 65th-minute Roscommon goal cut the margin to to four but Danny Toner netted late on for Michael Johnston's Down side.

Kildare beat London 1-17 to 0-15 to set up a semi-final against Antrim.

Scott Nicholson, Brook Byers, Conor O'Prey, Conor Mageean and Toner all impressed in Down's victory.

A Jerry Fallon point gave Roscommon the lead but after Oisin McManus claimed Down's first score in the 10th minute, the hosts didn't trail for the remainder of the game.

Level on four occasions in the opening half, Down took a 0-7 to 0-6 lead at half-time, with a Nicholson point the difference at the break.

Jamie Lawlor levelled the tie two minutes after the restart, but Down responded with seven unanswered scores.

Substitute Chris Egan, Conor O'Prey and Conor Mageean were among those on target, as Down moved 0-14 to 0-7 ahead with five minutes remaining.

Roscommon worked hard, with substitute Naos Connaughton netting a 65th-minute goal to cut the gap to four points.

However, Down held firm, and withstood three minutes of injury-time, despite strong pressure from Roscommon.

Toner punished a Roscommon defensive mix-up in injury-time for Down's only goal to ensure a seven-point win.

Christy Ring Cup Quarter-Finals

Down 1-14 1-07 Roscommon

Kildare 1-17 0-15 London

Nicky Rackard Cup quarter-finals

Monaghan 3-14 4-14 Donegal

Longford 2-11 3-19 Armagh

Lory Meagher Round Three

Louth 3-15 0-10 Lancashire

Sligo 3-18 3-11 Warwickshire

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