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Late ‘Rocket’ saves the day for Rossies




All-Ireland Masters Shield Final

Roscommon 1-5

Mayo 1-5


Those Roscommon supporters who ventured to Drumlish last Saturday would have been forgiven for holding out little hope as Emmet Collins stood 13 metres, ball in hand, from the massed Mayo goal at the end of an All-Ireland Masters Shield Final that was low on quality and composure.

  Collins and his teammates had failed to register a single point in the second half and trailed their neighbours by three as he faced a Green and Red Wall. Unperturbed, the man they call ‘Rocket’ launched his free-kick goalward. It took the scenic route, deflecting off a Mayo body and arm before rippling the back of the net and sending the Roscommon support into delirium.

  Speaking at the full-time whistle, his manager, Anthony Carroll, was a relieved man.

  “Well that’s one thing about our lads, they don’t give up, they kept going. We have to score more; you won’t win a game with 1-5 normally. We missed far too much in the first half to win the game,” he said.

  While admitting his side had been wasteful at times, Carroll was hopeful that there wouldn’t be a repeat in the replay in two weeks’ time.

  “It wasn’t happening, we were just missing too much but these lads are better than that and we’ll go again and have another go at it. It’s good to get another go and hopefully we’ll be better the next day”.

  Mayo had opened the scoring with a Kevin Filan free before Roscommon took control of the first quarter. Points from Jim Gilchrest, Finbarr McGowan (2), and a great score from the left wing from Kenny Bosquett put the Primrose and Blue in firm control midway through the first half.

  Mayo grew into it as the half wore on and patient build-up play put Kevin Waldron in position to slot over to spark a turnaround. Kevin Filan grabbed his second from another free before Roscommon were given fair warning of what Mayo were capable of. Good interplay between Filan and Eugene O’Toole provided a glorious chance for Myles Fallon but he fisted wide.

  That warning wasn’t heeded by Carroll’s troops however and minutes later Filan was involved again as he and Paul McGarry showed quick hands to set up Joe Heneghan who made no mistake, fisting home from close-range.

  There was still time for Roscommon to respond and captain Terence Kelly lifted the siege with a well-taken point just before half-time to leave the score 1-3 to 0-5 at the break.

  Mayo restarted quickest: a superb long-range point from Kevin Filan was followed by a fisted point from goalscorer Heneghan. It wasn’t much but as the half wore on and Roscommon struggled to hit the target from long-range, it looked as though it might be enough. Collins had other ideas, however, and he stepped up at the death to fire home and take it to a replay


Roscommon: Jonathan Conroy; Adrian Freyne, Donal Carroll, Liam Naughten; Tom Gately, Conor Beirne, Raymond Rogers; Paul Gilleran, John Cullinane; John Gilchrest (0-1), Emmet Collins (1-0, a free), Kenny Bosquett (0-1); Barry O’Regan, Finbarr McGowan (0-2), Terence Kelly (0-1).

Interchange players used: Mark Gavin, Dermot Washington, Joe Gorman, Tommy Keane, Tommy Garvey, Marvin Kelly, Stephen Tonry, Fran Hanlon, Declan Woods.

Mayo: Eamon Mulderrig; Declan Doyle, Kieran Hastings, Declan Ryan; Pat Mulchrone, Aidan Higgins, Pat Gavin; Kevin Waldron (0-1), Eugene O’Toole; Brendan Horan, Kevin Filan (0-3, 2 frees), Myles Fallon; Gerry O’Malley, Paul McGarry, Johnny Jordan.

 Interchange players used: Joe Heneghan (1-1), Declan Sweeney, Brian Hennelly, Kenneth Mortimor, Kevin Malone, Shane Sweeney, Kieran Lavelle, Martin Conway, Adrian Forkan.


Man of the Match: Kevin Filan (Mayo).

I’m back…so what did I miss?





I go away for a week and it kicks off all over the place! Roy Keane swears at Harry Arter, Serena Williams shouts at an umpire, Sean Cavanagh is hospitalised and twelve former members of the Mayo Ladies team hold a press conference.

  Firstly, I’ve rarely ever found Roy Keane to be wrong in his evaluation of modern football. He was right about the lack of professionalism in the Ireland set-up circa 2002 (see Genesis Report), he was right about the ‘Prawn Sandwich Brigade’ (see most Premier League grounds at the weekend), he was right in his assessment of Man United players circa 2005 (see the Premier League table for May 2006) and in my humble opinion, he’s right about the modern day professional footballer.

  However, even I can’t say he’s right in the way he approaches people. Remember, this is a guy who was once punched in the face by Brian Clough for a wayward back pass. He has simply failed to graduate from the Old School and despite his refreshing honesty and wealth of experience; it looks as though he will end up as ‘angry pundit number one’ on various British soccer panels.

  Serena Williams, meanwhile, is a tennis phenomenon and one of the game’s best ever champions. However, no matter what point she thought she was trying to make during her recent Miami Open defeat to Naomi Osaka, she was wrong to ruin the Japanese girl’s first taste of major success.

  The former Mayo Ladies players, otherwise known as ‘The Departed’ walked away from inter-county football just ten days before a vital championship match. They raised player welfare issues and described them as “personal and sensitive” to the players involved.

  Since then the back and forth between those mostly Carnacon players and the Mayo team management has been dizzying. The Mayo County Board defended manager Peter Leahy and praised the remaining players that stayed while ‘The Departed’ held a press conference and raised the issue of mental health, claiming they felt “intimidated and unsafe”.

  While the whole truth has yet to come out, I believe it would have been more productive for those players to have held their press conference when they first decided to walk away in July. When the issue of mental health is raised it’s important that the discussion is an open and honest one. The current situation means that all manner of rumours and counter-rumours are circulating and that’s not good for anyone.






Game of the Weekend: Champions too strong for Gaels!




Hodson Bay Hotel Group Roscommon SFC Group A

St. Brigid’s 1-12

Roscommon Gaels 0-10

Both sides may have been through to the knockout stages of the championship, but this repeat of the 2017 county final drew a big crowd to Lisnamult last Sunday. However, the outcome of the game was the same, as St. Brigid’s outplayed the home team who now face a difficult quarter-final against Pádraig Pearses next Sunday. Brigid’s are through to the semi-finals once more where they will play Strokestown or St. Faithleach’s.

  In last year’s decider Roscommon Gaels’ lack of firepower cost them dearly and it was the same story in this match as the town team were indecisive and hesitant for most of the contest when a more direct approach might have been more productive. Liam McNeill’s team did score five points in a row in the final quarter but the game was already over as a contest at that stage as Brigid’s led by ten points (1-11 to 0-4).

  On a fine but breezy day, the sides were evenly matched in the opening quarter. Points for the champions from Gearoid Cunniffe, Senan Kilbride (2, 1 free), and a peach from Brian Stack were matched by scores from Mark Healy (free), Cian Connolly (2 frees) and a fine effort from Bryan O’Gara, which saw the score at 0-4 apiece after 21 minutes.

  But from there to half-time the Gaels seemed to disappear altogether as Brigid’s upped the ante. With Peter Domican, Ian Kilbride, Brian Stack, Eoin Sheehy and Senan Kilbride all playing well, Brigid’s tacked on five points without reply before the interval. Ian Kilbride kicked two mighty long-range points from play while Garvan Dolan (free), Senan Kilbride (free) and Eoin Sheehy were all on target and by half-time it was St. Brigid’s 0-9 Roscommon Gaels 0-4.

  The Gaels needed a good start to the second half but instead it was Brigid’s who put the game to bed in the third quarter. In the 35th minute Eamon Cunnane was fouled in the large square and although Brian Stack’s spot kick was saved by James Featherston, the young county star followed in to lash the rebound to the net. Further points from Garvan Dolan (free) and Senan Kilbride saw the champions ten points clear by the 45th minute and it was over as a contest.

  In fairness to the Gaels they kept trying, and had late points from Mark Nally (2, 1 free), Cian Connolly, David O’Gara and sub John Nolan, but Brigid’s were never in any real trouble and they ran out comfortable winners.

  The Gaels will have to play better than this if they want to entertain any notions of going further in the championship, but Brigid’s seem to be coming into form at just the right time and that looks ominous for the rest.

St. Brigid’s: James Martin; Ronan Stack (0-1), Niall McInerney, Darragh Sheehy; Eoin Sheehy (0-1), Peter Domican, Ian Kilbride (0-2); Garvan Dolan (0-2, frees), Eddie Nolan; Eamon Cunnane, Brian Stack (1-1), Mark Daly; Gearoid Cunniffe (0-1), Senan Kilbride (0-4, 2 frees), Davy Cunniffe. Subs: Brian Derwin for D Cunniffe (56), Conor McNiece for Cunnane (59), George O’Hara for E Sheehy (59), Shane Furey for G Cunniffe (61).


Roscommon Gaels: James Featherston; Ronan Gleeson, Liam McNeela, Paul Gleeson; Cathal Dineen, David O’Gara (0-1), Kevin O’Gara; Bryan O’Gara (0-1), James McDermott; James O’Gara (0-1), Mark Nally (0-2), Richard Hughes; Cillian Egan, Mark Healy (0-1, free), Cian Connolly (0-3, frees). Subs: Tim Lambe for B O’Gara (4), John Nolan (0-1) for Egan (50), Mike McNeill for Connolly (53), Ollie Hannon for Dineen (59), Peter Gillooly for Hughes (61).


Referee: Paddy Neilan

Seamus Duke on sport - September 21st




Championship picture becomes clearer

So now we know. The group stages of the Roscommon senior football championship have been played and the play-off places have been decided. There were some shocks along the way too.

  In the senior championship St. Brigid’s are coming to the boil at just the right time. They were not spectacular against Roscommon Gaels but they were always in control. They would appear to have the measure of either St. Faithleach’s or Strokestown so I think we can expect to see the champions back in the final again.

  Roscommon Gaels will have to play much better than they did against St. Brigid’s if they are to progress. It has been a real Jekyll and Hyde championship for them so far this year. They were good against Western Gaels and Strokestown and poor against Boyle and St. Brigid’s. Their clash with Pádraig Pearses on Sunday is definitely the game of the weekend.

  Pearses’ tails are up for sure, but I wouldn’t be basing any predictions on the game against Elphin last weekend as it was far too easy for Pat Flanagan’s men. Pearses will go to Kiltoom in confident mood but Clann na nGael will be waiting in the wings. Clann also had an easy win, although Boyle had nothing to play for last weekend.

  I wasn’t at the Western Gaels v Strokestown match but I heard that there were a number of serious injuries sustained by three Western Gaels players including Brian Casserly who was by far the most serious. I wish all three and especially Brian Casserly a full and speedy recovery. There are more important things than football.

  This weekend, there won’t be a lot between St. Faithleach’s and Strokestown but the absence of Diarmuid Murtagh could be the deciding factor.

  Down at the other end of the senior championship, what a battle there promises to be between Castlerea and Michael Glavey’s in the relegation match. Castlerea’s dramatic win against the same opposition last Sunday saved St. Croan’s and now they have to do battle again on Sunday next. All bets are off there because anything could happen!

  In the Intermediate championship Tulsk and Fuerty look the two best teams in the competition. There could be a very interesting situation if Kilbride were to beat Oran next weekend. It would mean that Kilbride would be playing Tulsk in the semi-final and Gerry Lohan and Seamie O’Neill would be plotting the downfall of their own beloved home club! All will be revealed on Sunday next.


Ladies finals draw record crowds


I got a chance to see the All-Ireland Ladies Football final on Sunday night and it was a magnificent game. It was competitive, well-contested, and there was some marvellous skill throughout. In fact they could teach the men a thing or two about how to play the game the right way.

  Dublin were slightly the better team and they are improving all the time under Mick Bohan. Meath were a tad unlucky against Tyrone in the Intermediate final. Any team that scores six goals in an All-Ireland final is not going to lose and that’s why Tyrone won it.

  It was fantastic to see that there were over 50,000 people in attendance and it is firmly established as one of the biggest days in Irish sport now.

  However, the LGFA have got to try to improve attendances at their other games during the year. The crowds at the recent quarter-finals and semi-finals were very disappointing: the crowds at all the games other than the finals are poor. Judging by the standard of football in the senior game last Sunday they certainly have a great product to sell.

  By the way, the name of Mick Bohan has been mentioned to me several times since the weekend in connection with the Roscommon senior manager’s job. I know that Bohan was down in the county for a few coaching sessions in recent years and was very impressive but I would think it’s very doubtful that he would leave the Dublin Ladies set-up at the moment especially when they are going for three-in-a-row next year.


Sickening scenes in Tyrone!


On Friday night someone sent me the video of the brawl that took place during a match in the Tyrone SFC, then on Sunday evening I saw the pictures of Sean Cavanagh and his disfigured face after an incident in another Tyrone championship game. Despite the fact that there were 20 yellow cards shown in the game, six reds, and one black, the player responsible for the injuries sustained by Cavanagh went unpunished. I will wager that nothing will happen as a result of all this madness.

  There is no point fining clubs for this kind of thing because they have to go out and fundraise to pay those fines. But if players and officials responsible for thuggery are handed harsh suspensions such as lifetime bans those responsible wouldn’t be too long in copping themselves on.

  There are far too many people on the sideline at every club game that I go to. Thankfully in Roscommon we never have any problems but the fact remains that there are eight to ten hangers on and so called ‘officials’ (minimum) with almost every team now which is a recipe for disaster. The team manager and two selectors are enough to have on the line apart from the physio and a doctor. The rest should all be outside the wire.

  It will be very interesting to see if anything happens after the weekend incidents…I won’t be holding my breath.


Fed-Ex Cup finishes PGA season


The final event of the season on the PGA Tour, the Fed-Ex Cup, takes place this weekend when the top 30 players on the tour go in search of the massive $10 million jackpot for the winner of the series. In my humble opinion, it is obscene to hand any person that kind of money for playing golf, but that’s the world we are living in.

  The fairytale would be Tiger Woods to win, but although he is playing really well since his comeback, he always seems to find one or two players too good for him. He will win, but not this week. My choice would be Justin Rose. He is so consistent and is the new world number one. It should provide some great entertainment all the same a week ahead of the Ryder Cup.


Pearses stroll into quarter-finals!




Hodson Bay Hotel Group Roscommon SFC Group B

Pádraig Pearses 1-14

Elpin 0-4


Pádraig Pearses cruised into the quarter-finals of the championship in Knockcroghery with the easiest of wins against a very disappointing Elphin. Despite the ease of victory I am sure that manager Pat Flanagan would have wanted a tougher test than this ahead of their quarter-final clash against Roscommon Gaels next weekend.

  Elphin were never in the game and the exchanges were pedestrian at times as Pearses dominated possession.  By the 21st minute they led by 0-5 to no score with Emmett Kelly their only scorer from play. Elphin added two points before the break but a totally forgettable half of football ended with Pearses ahead by 0-7 to 0-2 and we had only seen one point from play from either side.

  Pearses were always in control, and when Conor Payne fisted home the only goal of the game in the 43rd minute they led by 12 points. Further points from Shane Mulvey and Ronan Daly increased the margin even further as the Elphin challenge never materialised. The game petered out after that as Pearses strolled to another championship win.

Pádraig Pearses: Thomas Dolan; Lorcan Daly, Mark Richardson, Gavin Downey; Cathal Óg O’Sullivan, Niall Carty, Davy Murray, Tom Butler, Niall Daly (0-1); Emmett Kelly (0-4, 2 frees), Hubert Darcy (0-2), Shane Mulvey (0-2); Conor Payne (1-1), Conor Daly, Ronan Daly (0-4, 3 frees). Subs: Paul Carey for Payne (45), Anthony Butler for L Daly (47), Seanie Fahy for Mulvey (51), Alan Duffy for C Daly (52), Shane Carty for O’Sullivan (54), David Whelan for Murray (57).

Elphin: Aaron Brady; Daniel Giblin, Gavin Higgins, Shane Beirne; Martin McCaffrey, Luke Mollohan, Damien Cregg; Shane Killoran, Cillian Fox; Ronan Beirne, Nessan Lenehan, Fintan Cregg (0-2 frees); David Hynes, Frankie Cregg (0-2, frees), Gerry Cregg. Subs: Eanna Tiernan for Lenehan (50), Joseph Beirne for R Beirne (54)

Referee: Kevin Naughton


Man of the Match: Niall Carty (Pádraig Pearses)



Hodson Bay Hotel Roscommon SFC Group A                                  


Strokestown 0-10

Western Gaels 0-7

Strokestown surprised Western Gaels to qualify for the quarter-finals, but serious injuries to three Gaels players was a major talking point at O’Rourke Park. Ciaran Cafferky and Michael Higgins had to go off with serious looking head and leg injuries respectively but it was the head injury that was suffered by Brian Casserly after an accidental clash in the 16th minute that caused most concern. There was a long delay as he was treated on the field before he was taken away by ambulance. Thankfully he is recovering. The stop-start nature of the game meant that at the end of the opening half the sides were level at 0-4 apiece.

  Strokestown went ahead in the second half with Diarmuid McGann (2), Kevin Finn, Cian Corcoran and Colin Compton scoring vital points. Sean Mullooly also played very well for Strokestown who now play St. Faithleach’s in the quarter-finals.

Scorers - Strokestown: D McGann and C Compton (0-3) each, K Beirne, C Corcoran, D Neary and K Finn (0-1) each. Western Gaels: K Higgins and C Sampey (0-2) each, C Cafferky, F Cregg and N Higgins (0-1) each.


Clann na nGael 1-17 

Boyle 1-4

Clann ended their campaign on top of Group A following this very easy win at Ballyleague against a Boyle side who were already out of contention. Seamus Kane scored an early goal for Boyle but Clann were in almost total control after that and by half-time they led by 0-11 to 1-1.

  With Ciaran Lennon rampant, Clann extended their lead in the second half and in the 40th minute David McManus scored their only goal to end the game as a contest.

Scorers - Clann na nGael: C Lennon (0-6), D McManus (1-2), R Gavin and M Scally (0-2) each, D Pettit, E Kenny, J Fahy, R Naughton and C Callinan (0-1) each. Boyle: S Kane (1-0), D Smith (0-2), E Smith and C Goldrick (0-1) each.


Group A outcome: Clann na nGael and St. Brigid’s are into the semi-finals. Strokestown and Roscommon Gaels are into the quarter-finals. Boyle and Western Gaels will play in Group B in 2019.


Group B

St. Faithleach’s 3-18

St. Croan’s 3-13

St. Croan’s’ fight back fell short in Ballyleague but results elsewhere meant that they are safe from a relegation play-off while Faithleach’s progress to the quarter-finals. At one stage Faithleach’s led this match by 2-14 to 0-5 with Aidan Dooney and Ciaráin Murtagh (penalty) the Faithleach’s goal scorers.

  But goals from Daniel Malone, Adrian Collins and Ross Timothy in the second half brought them back into the match and the margin was down to three at one stage but Kevin Farrell struck later for the home side to ease their worries.

Scorers – St. Faithleach’s: C Murtagh (1-5), A Dooney (1-3), K Farrell (1-1), C Gunn (0-3), J Hussey (0-2), D Hussey, D Foley and B Murtagh (0-1) each. St. Croan’s: K Smyth (0-7), R Timothy and A Collins (1-1) each, D Malone (1-0), J Connaughton, R Thompson, S Smyth and M Holland (0-1) each.


Castlerea St. Kevin’s 2-13 

Michael Glavey’s 2-9

A stunning late surge from Castlerea saw them shock Michael Glavey’s and the sides will now meet again next Sunday to see who will be relegated from the senior championship.

  Goals from John Finan and Andy Glennon helped Glavey’s into a comfortable looking 2-8 to 0-11 lead with five minutes remaining but Andrew Lyons struck two stunning goals to snatch victory away from them.

Scorers - Castlerea: Andrew Lyons (2-6), C Casey (0-3), J Keane (0-2), J McDermott and J Larkin (0-1) each. Glavey’s: A Glennon (1-3), J Finan (1-0), C Heneghan (0-2), D O’Malley, C Hussey, D Ruane and S Comer (0-1) each.


Group B outcome: Pádraig Pearses and St. Faithleach’s qualify for the quarter-finals and will play in Group A in 2019. Castlerea face Michael Glavey’s in the relegation play-off.


Mulryan Constrauction IFC Group A

Tulsk finished top when they were too good for Oran at Kilbride. Tadgh O’Rourke scored a fine goal for Seamus O’Neill’s side as they eased into the semi-finals. Padraig Scott, Gerry Galvin, O’Rourke and Jack Conlon  all played well for Tulsk. Adrian Cassidy scored the Oran goal from the penalty spot.

  Two goals for Peter Leahy and five points from Niall Kilroy helped Fuerty to an impressive win against Creggs in a local derby at Mulhern Park.

  In Strokestown, St. Dominic’s late season surge saw them beat Kilmore by three points with Noel Watson scoring the only goal of the game. Despite their loss Kilmore have made it to the quarter-finals.


Group A outcome: Tulsk and Fuerty are into the semi-finals. Oran and Kilmore have qualified for the quarter-finals while Creggs and St. Dominic’s will play in Group B in 2019.


Group B

Éire Óg had to win to be sure of a quarter final spot and they did that beating top of the able Kilbride by a point. Liam Creaton scored 1-5 for the Loughglynn men.

  Shannon Gaels had three points to spare against St. Aidan’s in a lively encounter at Ballyforan while St. Barry’s finished their campaign with a five point win against St. Brigid’s.


Group B outcome: Kilbride and Éire Óg are through to the quarter-finals and will play in Group A in 2019, while neighbours St. Brigid’s and St. Aidan’s will battle it out in the relegation play-off.




It’s knockout football!



This Sunday will see the Roscommon Senior and Intermediate Football Championships enter the knockout phase. In the SFC Roscommon Gaels and Pádraig Pearses and Strokestown and St. Faithleach’s face off in their respective quarter-finals. The stakes are high as clubs do battle to stay in contention for the Fahey Cup!

  In the IFC, Éire Óg face Kilmore while Oran take on Kilbride with semi-final spots up for grabs. Meanwhile, St. Aidan’s and St. Brigid’s compete in a relegation showdown in Kiltoom.


Hodson Bay Hotel Roscommon SFC Quarter-Finals

Roscommon Gaels v Pádraig Pearses on Sunday in Kiltoom at 3.45 pm

If one was going by the formbook then Pearses would be the red-hot favourites here, but this promises to be a close fought affair from two teams with question marks hanging over them. Roscommon Gaels played some great football against Western Gaels and Strokestown but were very poor at times against Boyle and St. Brigid’s. So where is their real form? There is no doubt that they will have to be more direct up front if they want to progress. There are injury doubts concerning John McManus and Cian Connolly which is a worry for them.

  Pearses have been doing well for the most part but they almost buckled when they came under pressure against St. Croan’s, which raised some eyebrows. They won so easily against Elphin that it was not an accurate barometer of where they stand at the moment. They certainly have plenty of good players and are well organised.

  With no safety net, this is a winner takes all contest that is hard to predict. Pearses might just be strong enough but it could go either way.

Prediction: Pádraig Pearses


Strokestown v St. Faithleach’s on Sunday in Kilglass at 3.45 pm

Strokestown are another team whose form is very hard to read. They were very poor against Roscommon Gaels but they showed plenty of mettle with a gritty performance against Western Gaels. The return of Sean Mullooly has been a great boost to their fortunes and the county man is playing well.

  Faithleach’s have been doing well without the services of their talisman Diarmuid Murtagh and they have put up big scores in his absence which is a great tribute to the rest of the team. However, in a knockout match his loss could prove to be the difference between the teams.

  Over recent years every time I’ve tipped Strokestown they’ve let me down, but on paper they look the stronger team and I will give them a hesitant vote to advance to meet St. Brigid’s in the semi-final.

Prediction: Strokestown


SFC Relegation Play-Off

Castlerea St. Kevin’s v Michael Glavey’s in Castlerea on Sunday at 12 Noon

What a battle this promises to be! A local derby between these two to decide who makes the dreaded drop into Intermediate ranks for 2019. Having looked at the results over the past few weeks I wouldn’t have a shilling on either team. As my old friend Páidí Ó Sé used to say: “there won’t be a grain of rice between the two of them”. Maybe Michael Glavey’s by a point or two,

Prediction: Michael Glavey’s


Mulryan Construction IFC Quarter-Finals

Éire Óg v Kilmore on Sunday in Kilglass at 2 pm

Kilmore are in the quarter-finals despite having lost three times in the championship already. In fairness to Éire Óg they pulled a great win out of the bag against Kilbride last week when they needed it but Kilmore look too strong.

Prediction: Kilmore


Oran v Kilbride on Sunday in Kiltoom at 2 pm

A local derby and a mouth-watering clash in prospect here. Kilbride have been playing well this year but this will represent a step up in class. If Oran can get out close to a full team they should be good enough but it will be close.

Prediction: Oran



IFC Relegation Play-Off

St. Aidan’s v St. Brigid’s on Sunday in Kiltoom at 12 Noon


A local derby with the losers going down to junior football in 2019. St. Aidan’s look the better bet to survive.

Prediction: St. Aidan’s



Dooner's weekend predictions - September 21st



A nice easy week to come back to I see with Roscommon & District sides getting their Connacht Cup campaigns up and running! League fixtures are difficult enough to predict at this stage of the season never mind cup competitions but best of luck to all RDFL teams taking part.

Friday, September 21st

Raftery’s Oakland Hotel Premier Division (8 pm)

Castlerea Celtic v Cloonfad United

The hosts will be looking to bounce back immediately following last weekend’s derby defeat.

Prediction: Castlerea Celtic

Moore United v Dysart FC           

This one could go either way based on results so far. Home advantage could be the difference.

Prediction: Moore United

Saturday, September 22nd

Raftery’s Oakland Hotel Premier Division

Boyle Celtic v Ballinasloe Town. 8 pm

Both sides have looked good so far but this should be a test of their title credentials.

Prediction: Ballinasloe Town

Kilkerrin United v Shiven Rovers. 8 pm           

Kilkerrin can maintain their 100% start. Prediction: Kilkerrin United

Strokestown United v Skyvalley Rovers. 8.15 pm

Both sides looking for their first points of the season.

Prediction: Draw

Sunday, September 23rd

TP Brennan Connacht Cup Round 1

Cam Celtic v Corrib Rangers

Difficult test for a Cam side which has started slowly.

Prediction: Corrib Rangers

West United B v Ballaghaderreen FC

The visitors can progress.

Prediction: Ballaghaderreen FC

Dunmore Town v Bearna Na Forbacha

Home win.

Prediction: Dunmore Town

Tuam Celtic v Roscommon United

A difficult away trip for the in-form Division 2 side which could go either way.

Prediction: Tuam Celtic

Partry Athletic v Castlerea Celtic B

Home win.

Prediction: Partry Athletic

St. Cuan’s United v Conn Rangers

Visitors to progress.

Prediction: Conn Rangers

St. John’s Athletic v Mervue United B

The home side should have enough.

Prediction: St. John’s Athletic           

St. Bernard’s FC v Ballinasloe Town B

Home win.

Prediction: St. Bernard’s FC

Rahara Rovers v Cregmore/Claregalway

The hosts get the nod.

Prediction: Rahara Rovers

Killeen Sports Grounds Division Two

Skyvalley Rovers B v Ballymoe FC B. 11 am           

Home win.

Prediction: Skyvalley Rovers B

Roscommon GAA and Club Rossie launch ‘Win a House in Dublin’ fundraiser



Roscommon GAA, with its commercial and fundraising arm Club Rossie, in partnership with long-standing supporter Sean Mulryan and his company Ballymore, are offering one lucky person the life-changing chance to win a home in Dublin worth €425,000!

  Located just 6km from the heart of the city, the beautiful three-bedroomed house in Royal Canal Park, Ashtown, is surrounded by many sought-after amenities. Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, the National Aquatic Centre and the idyllic Phoenix Park area are all within close proximity, making this a dream place to call home.

  Speaking at the official fundraiser launch on Monday night, Chairman of Club Rossie, Pat Compton commented: “Roscommon GAA and Club Rossie are delighted to officially launch this unique project together with the support of Sean Mulryan and Ballymore.

  “We have a fantastic prize on offer that could change someone’s life overnight. A prize as special as this is sure to entice huge excitement within the county and beyond, and as a group we are looking forward to channelling national support into our local GAA community”.

   This fundraiser will run between now and Christmas, with the winner being announced on December 30th in an official draw. The funds raised will be used to develop the facilities of Dr. Hyde Park and to help implement the strategic plan of Roscommon GAA, which includes the future development of the Dermot Earley Centre of Excellence.

  Seamus Sweeney, chairman of the Roscommon County Board, said: “This project will make a huge difference to the finances of Roscommon GAA. The success of this fundraiser will benefit Roscommon people for generations to come and we are extremely grateful to Sean for his unwavering support. We are looking forward to transforming Dr. Hyde Park into a place of pride for the county as well as a state-of-the-art national resource. We are extremely grateful to the volunteer Club Rossie team who have made a significant difference to Roscommon GAA since its foundation in 2014”.

  Club Rossie Project Manager, Aidan Brady also added: “This is a fantastic opportunity to win a superb A rated house”.

  Tickets are €100 and are available now on www.winahouseindublin.com.



Can Rossies master Mayo?


All-Ireland Masters Shield Final:

Roscommon v Mayo on Saturday in Drumlish at 1 pm


Roscommon Masters footballers contest the All-Ireland Shield Final against Mayo on Saturday confident that they can do well and perhaps claim a famous victory.

  There are several well-known players on the Roscommon team, guys whom supporters will have seen play many times at club and indeed county level over the years.

  Dermot Washington and Terence Kelly, who still line out for Kilglass Gaels and St. Aidan’s respectively, will feature, as will prolific St. Barry’s attacker Finbarr McGowan.

  Others like Declan Woods of Eire Og, Jim Gilchrist of Kilmore, Chris Grogan and Ollie McGuinness of Roscommon Gaels, Emmett Collins from Strokestown and Adrian Freyne of Western Gaels and Conor Beirne of Elphin, are well-known names on the club scene in the county over many years.

  The team is managed by Kilmore man Anthony Carroll and his selectors are Pat Hoey from Roscommon Gaels and Liam Butler of Elphin.

  Mayo will include such well-known names as Kenny Mortimer and Kevin Finan, and they will provide stiff opposition to the Rossies.

  The sides drew earlier in the season so there is unlikely to be much between them on Saturday. Roscommon have been training hard for the final and have a good spirit in the camp. It’s hoped that there will be a good Roscommon support present  to shout them on. Best of luck to the Rossie masters!

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