Although Gareth Carroll and his management team would perhaps have preferred a sterner test against Leitrim in the opening round of the Connacht minor football championship last Saturday, he was first to admit that it good that the team had a game under their belt heading into the crunch semi-final encounter with Galway on Saturday.
Speaking to the Roscommon People in the aftermath of their comprehensive win, Gareth revealed how pleased he and his colleagues were with their performance.
“We would have maybe liked a better challenge from Leitrim but you have to play whats put in front of you and that’s what we did today and we’re very happy with the win.”
“We played Leitrim in the Connacht league and watched them on a few occasions so we had a good grasp of what to expect.
They have quality players in a lot of positions but perhaps lacked a little strength in depth and we thought that it would be a much closer game than it transpired.
“However its great to have a game behind us now and we were really happy with a number of aspects to our game today.
“I felt our tackling was fantastic throughout as was our work rate and what I was really pleased with was our response to the concession of our first goal when we went down the field and scored our own goal within a minute.
“Thats the attitude we have used all year. No matter what setback we receive our players have to put their heads down and react in a positive way, which is exactly what happened today when we conceded the first goal.”
Gareth also made a rallying cry to all Roscommon supporters, encouraging them to come out in number for this weekend vital encounter against Galway this weekend.
“There is a great interest in our underage teams at the moment and Roscommon people love their football so I hope they come out in their droves to support this minor team on Saturday, because the players really do deserve it.
“They’ve put in such a great effort all year and we really want everyone to get behind them this weekend,” concluded Gareth.
Issue dated: 29 June 2012
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