Friday, 31 October 2014

Hurlers bid to retain U-21 title

U-21 B All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Final: Roscommon v Kerry on Saturday at 3.30 

Shane Reynolds 

Roscommon U-21 hurling team face Kerry in the semi-final of the All-Ireland B hurling championship this Saturday in Toomevara. They are bidding to retain the crown they won last year where they defeated this weekend’s opponents – The Kingdom – on that occasion. 

  They played and defeated Sligo comprehensively in the first round of the Connacht championship and indeed retained their Connacht title last week with a hard-fought win over Mayo.

  They now face a very strong Kerry team who will be looking to seek revenge after last year’s final defeat. They are favourites going into the game and Roscommon will certainly have to play to their full potential if they are to progress to the final of this year’s championship again.

  Roscommon’s causes will not be helped by the fact that Kenny Doolin and David Dolan are unavailable for this weekend’s proceedings. There are also injury concerns surrounding Conor Melia, Adrian Purcell and Andrew Lawlor so David McConn and his selectors will have a far from full streng th squad to choose from this weekend.

  “This is a very important game for hurling in the county. It is a great benchmark for these lads and hopefully the experience they pick up from these type of occasions can be used in the years ahead at senior level,” team manager David McConn said when he spoke to the People during the week.

  “I would be positive going into the game but we will certainly be up against it this weekend. I would urge family, friends and supporters alike to come out in force this weekend as this is our last underage team the county has that have a chance of winning silverware this year,” concluded David.