Friday, 27 March 2015

Match People

The Main Man: Michael Finneran (Roscommon)

There were plenty of good displays last Sunday. Cathal Dineen, Ian Kilbride, Cathal Cregg, Niall Kilroy and Darren McDermott were very prominent for Roscommon while for a disappointing Antrim side Tony Scullion, Michael McCann, Michael McGill and Paddy Cunningham caught the eye.

However Michael Finneran was the best player on view. He worked hard in defence and attack and linked the play up very well. He is now one of our most important players.

Outside the Wire

A small attendance of no more that 700 or so people on a perfect day for football. The match was incident-packed but never reached any great heights in terms of quality. But Roscommon played well and deserved to win.

The Man in the Middle

Declan Corcoran was poor enough on the day. He was obsessed with the over-carrying rule and he pulled up both teams time after time. He also issued at least a dozen yellow cards, many of which were of the very soft variety. 

The Way We See It

Progress is being made as the weeks go on and Niall Kilroy, who made his competitive debut on Sunday, looked comfortable. There was also a welcome return for Senan Kilbride and with Niall Carty, Peter Domican and Donal Ward to return to the squad – among others – the options for Des Newton look stronger as the weeks pass. The win also means that Roscommon will certainly be in Division Three next season – at the very least.

So, What’s Next? 

A long journey to Wexford on Sunday next for what is a crucial game now. Wexford are very hard beat at home and are a free-scoring team under an excellent manager (Jason Ryan). A win for Roscommon would set up a promotion push in the final two games. A defeat will not be a disaster but it will mean that we would have to win our final two games to be in with any chance.

The Big Views

Des Newton (Roscommon manager) 

“We should have won that match by eight or nine points but we needed Geoffrey (Claffey) to make that great save from the penalty to ease our nerves as it would have only left two points in it. We created many chances and that’s positive – but we missed a lot. 

  “But our lads gave it everything and the effort of the players was fantastic out there today. It was a great fighting performance. We showed a great will to win attitude and the lads that came in as subs all did well too, which was great. 

  “We will travel to Wexford full of confidence and although they are a good side we will do our homework on them and we will have a gameplan. Our panel is getting stronger each week and that has to be positive as we go into our last three league games.”

Liam Bradley (Antrim manager) 

“We are very disappointed with the way we played. Maybe some of our guys were believing the hype and the stuff that was written about them after our three wins. We know that there is more in our team than we showed out there today. 

  “The facts of the matter are that Roscommon were physically stronger than us. We were actually bullied out there today by a team that was much stronger than we were, and we have no excuses. Now we have to get ready for the game against Longford next Sunday which will be another big test for us.”