Connacht Minor Football Championship quarter final - Leitrim v Roscommon in Carrick on Shannon on Saturday at 5pm
Roscommon minor footballers embark on another Connacht championship campaign with a trip to Carrick on Shannon when they take on Leitrim on Saturday evening.
It is a game that Roscommon will be expecting to win and if they could manage that they would face Galway in the Connacht semi-final a week later.
It has been a very productive six or seven years for the Roscommon minor football team and The Rossies are now very competitive at the business end of the Connacht championship every year now and that should be the case again this year. Roscommon are the defending Connacht champions and they will be hoping to get this years campaign up and running with a win.
Roscommon were short many players through injury early in the year yet they managed to win the Connacht minor league, which was a great boost ahead of the championship.
Roscommon will be hoping that many of the players who were on last yearís successful minor team will be able to lead from the front in this yearís championship. Thomas Corcoran and Enda Smith have been injured but both have returned to full training and are available again.
Others with experience at this level like Cathal Compton, Diarmuid Murtagh, and Kevin Finn are also expected to feature alongside Stephen Flynn, Tadgh Mc Kenna, Ultan Harney, Ciaran Casserly and Ciaran Kilcline. It looks a strong Roscommon team.
Leitrim will be underdogs going into the game and that will suit them down to the ground and the word is that they have been playing well in recent challenge games. They defeated Mayo in the Connacht minor league and were only beaten by Galway by one point.
However when Roscommon and Leitrim met in that competition, Roscommon won by eight points. But as Gareth Carroll, the Roscommon manager is quick to point out the results in the Connacht minor league will have no bearing on what will happen in Carrick on Saturday.
However it is a fact that Roscommon underage football has been transformed in recent years and this minor team looks very strong again this year.
Roscommon CBS are now playing in the Connacht A colleges championship and other colleges are doing well too and thatís reflected on this panel.
Complacency would be fatal on Saturday among the Roscommon ranks. It would be a shock if they were not to win this game. It will be competitive but I expect Roscommon to win by four or five points.
Issue dated: 22 June 2012
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