Masters Football All-Ireland Semi-Final
Roscommon v Donegal in Sligo on Saturday at 2 pm
Roscommon’s chances of All-Ireland football glory are still alive and well as Anthony Carroll’s Masters side go into battle with Donegal on Saturday hoping for a place in the final against Tyrone or Dublin. It’s a huge step forward for Roscommon who won the ‘B’ All-Ireland title last year against Mayo.
It’s been a very impressive campaign for Roscommon this year as Anthony Carroll explained to me on Tuesday.
“We have a lot of additions who have added to our panel this year and we have trained hard. We usually train on a Tuesday in Ballyforan or in Ballyleague and we played a lot of challenge matches in preparation.
“We played Cavan recently in a challenge and we feel we are ready to face Donegal in what will be a tough semi-final. We have played six championship matches in the group this year and the only game we lost was against Dublin and we were short a number of players that day so we have had a great campaign so far.
“Donegal beat Galway in a play-off to get to the semi-final so we think that if we play well we will be in with a good chance on Saturday. We have a number of new players in the squad this year which has strengthened us so we are very hopeful we can get to the final,” he said.
In addition to the players who were already there from last year, Gary Cox (who scored 1-9 against Galway) Paul Noone, David Scahill, Ollie Flanagan, Darragh Shine, Daragh O’Gara, David Cryan, Keith Fahey, Damien Caslin and Joe Towey have all joined the squad this year and the team have been transformed into a side capable of contesting for an All-Ireland title. If their from holds up Roscommon have the measure of Donegal and should be able to book their place in the decider.