Full-forward to line-out for U-20s
Speaking to People Sport this week, Roscommon manager Kevin McStay confirmed the absence of Clann na nGael’s Ciaran Lennon from the Connacht Championship semi-final clash with Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday, May 26th.
“We had four players last (Friday) night (junior game) from the U-20s: James Fetherstone, Ciaran Lennon, Aidan Dowd and Liam Cregg. They are all training with the U-2’s since the league ended. The plan is that they stay with the U-20s and we think that is the right thing to do,” McStay said before confirming Ciaran Lennon’s absence for the upcoming senior championship game.
“Almost certainly he will not be playing. Ciaran’s form has complicated matters to be honest. He played eight national league games and played well in them all. Even when he came on in the junior game he made a big difference.
“In fairness to Shane (Curran), if we take three of four of their best players and play them in the Leitrim match how would he feel?
“The U-20s’ Connacht final is the curtain-raiser to the Connacht senior final so Roscommon could be in that game. If Roscommon are not in that game then the situation is resolved. Look, we will monitor the situation as it evolves. My sense and Shane’s sense is that he should play with the U-20s.
“But we have a lot of players on the senior panel who should be putting their hand up for that position now. Lads like Enda Smith and Shane Killoran for example and there are two or three more that we could play there as well.
“We have a few challenge games coming up so we will see who steps up now. Other lads like Cathal Cregg and Conor Daly are also there so we have plenty of options,” he said.