Karol Mannion was in New York in 2006 and on that day he came on as a sub and scored a vital late point. He remembers the game well. “It was a really tough game. We only pulled away in the last few minutes and we are expecting another tough game again on Sunday.
“New York have plenty of good payers and they will be looking forward to the challenge. They will be preparing hard for the game because it’s their chance to show what they can do in the championship and hopefully we will be ready for the challenge.
“It’s not really an enjoyable weekend for the players. We have to treat the game very seriously and prepare professionally. Fergal will have us in the right frame of mind and we have to get out there and win the game.
“We have played some football recently on an astro-turf pitch and I found it not too bad at all. It’s a bit harder than the normal pitch and I’m delighted that we will have the match in Croke4 Park over us because it is good preparation. It’s all about momentum.
“It has been a long year for me because of the run with St Brigids to the All-Ireland final. In a way though it was good to get back training with Roscommon to help to get back to normal after the disappointment of losing that All-Ireland final. “We are expecting a very tough game on Sunday and I’m not just saying that. We all remember that Galway were almost beaten in Gaelic Park last year and New York have some fine footballers. We have to approach this game in the right way and be ready for a hard and tough championship match.
“The winners play in the Connacht semi-final and that’s where we want to be.”