Allianz National Hurling League Division 3A Final
Roscommon v Armagh in Pairc Tailteann, Navan on Sunday at 2 pm
Roscommon’s ambition at the start of the hurling year was to be promoted from Division 3A of the league and they will have an excellent chance of achieving that aim when they face Armagh in the final on Sunday in Navan. Despite losing to Lancashire in their final group game in Abbotstown last Sunday, Roscommon knew that they were already through to the final and the management made a lot of switches that upset their rhythm so it would be wise to discount that result ahead of Sunday’s game.
Armagh are definitely the best team that Roscommon have played so far in the league and it will be a competitive final. Roscommon manager Ciaran Comerford is looking forward to the decider and says that he hopes that the hard work that the Roscommon players have put in since the start of the year will be rewarded.
“Eamon Kenny is out for Sunday. He has a nasty finger injury he sustained against Lancashire. I wouldn’t be reading too much into the loss against Lancashire because we tried a lot of the fringe lads on the panel who deserved their chance and we made a lot of positional switches too, which upset our shape a bit. But in the game itself we never really got going to be honest,” he told People Sport on Tuesday.
“Armagh will be formidable opposition. They will be very physical and they will have a few lads playing who didn’t play when we met earlier in the league so it will be a very competitive match.
“It would be a great to win it. The lads have put in 45 training sessions since we started the year and they have worked so hard. To win this final would be a great reward for the players and if we play to our potential on the day we can do it,” he concluded.
Sunday will be a day for cool heads and the experienced players in the Roscommon team like Noel Fallon, Alan Moore, Hugh Rooney, Eamon Flanagan, Shane Curley and Pádraig Kelly will hopefully step up to the mark. Armagh will provide stiff opposition but Roscommon will know that they have the measure of the men from the Orchard County and it would be a huge boost for the game in the county to win this title and gain promotion.