Cathal Cregg is now one of the most important members of the Roscommon team and is one of the leaders on the field that the team management and the Roscommon supporters will be looking to on Sunday in Carrick-on-Shannon.
Cathal has been playing the best football of his career so far in 2011, although there was an injury scare when he came off against Westmeath in a challenge game the weekend before last, but thankfully for Roscommon supporters, that injury has cleared up.
“I got a dead leg and I had a slight hamstring problem against Westmeath, but thankfully it cleared up and it’s all systems go for Sunday. We have prepared well over the past three weeks. After the New York game there were two rounds of the senior club championship and we went back to the county scene after that….and we trained hard for this game. We are ready for the fray.
“We will really have to be up for this game because we are expecting a fierce challenge from Leitrim. They will be on a high after beating a fancied Sligo team. It was no fluke either. They deserved to win that game and Mickey Moran has done a great job with them. They had seven championship debutants against Sligo and they all played really well. When we played them in the league it was a real dog-fight and we only just came out on top and it will be another really tight struggle on Sunday. The element of surprise is gone with regard to Roscommon. We came in under the radar last year to win Connacht but every team will be up for the challenge now against us and Leitrim will be going out with all guns blazing on Sunday.
“It is never easy to go to Carrick and win and I can assure you if we are not really up for it on Sunday we will be coming out on the wrong side of the result. Having said that, I think that we are stronger this year than last year. The players are a year older and stronger and the panel is stronger too, so hopefully that will stand to us.”