John O’Mahony is a man who knows both camps well. Famously the Mayo TD was the manager when Leitrim won its last Connacht title (in 1994) and he is of course a former manager with St Brigids in Roscommon. John is also a former Mayo manager and of course won two senior All-Irelands while manager of Galway. He is expecting a tight game on Sunday. John spoke to People Sport on Tuesday.
“I have to say that I was delighted when I heard that Leitrim had beaten Sligo in the first round. I wasn’t at the match but Leitrim deserve a bit of success because they have had a lot of setbacks since they won Connacht in 1994.
“I know the passion that they will bring to the game on Sunday and especially when the game is in Carrick. The form-book usually goes out the window in these games.
“Roscommon are the defending Connacht champions and they had a good league – getting promotion from Division Four – so on that basis they have to be favourites. But you can never rule Leitrim out in Carrick. They have a good young team and the return of Emlyn Mulligan is crucial to them. “Results in championship games over the years have shown that anything can happen in a local derby.
“The wise choice might be Roscommon, but it is the oldest cliché in the book, but the team that is up for it most on the day will win it and there will only be a few points in it either way.”