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Hurlers’ final promotion push!

 

 

 

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.

 

Prediction: Roscommon

CBS win sets up final exam!

 

 

 

 

 

Connacht College SFC ‘B’ semi-final

Roscommon CBS 1-13

St. Muirdeach’s 1-10

A very special sporting year for Roscommon CBS continued apace at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence on Tuesday night when they had three points to spare against St. Muirdeach’s in what was a thrilling game of football played in damp conditions.

  Both sets of players have to be congratulated on the standard of play throughout. There were some spectacular scores, great tackling and a breakneck pace all through and in the end Roscommon CBS were just that bit stronger.

  The teams shared four points in the opening nine minutes. Sean Treacy and James Tully were on target for the Ballina lads while Jack McGahon (free) and Cian Murray scored for CBS.

 In the 11th minute, Roscommon captain Ciaran Lawless made a mazy run through the centre and planted a great shot into the Muirdeach’s net for the game’s opening goal. Indeed, a minute later the Roscommon side thought they had another goal when Liam Ormsby fisted to the net but it was ruled out because of a ‘square ball’.

  And just when it looked like the CBS were going to dominate, Muirdeach’s struck for a really fine goal when Frank Irwin blasted home from 15 metres. But Roscommon CBS were the better side in the second quarter and Roscommon Gaels’ club man Richard Walsh kicked four superb points from play and by half-time CBS led by 1-8 to 1-4.

   Points from Lawless and Walsh on the restart opened up a six point gap and it was looking good for Roscommon lads at that stage. But they could never shake off a very dogged Muirdeach’s and by the end of the third quarter there were only two points between the teams, 1-11 to 1-9.

   But the CBS re-established control, and late points from Ciaran Lawless and Tim Lambe saw the lead out to four and while Sean Treacy pointed another free with four minutes to go the county town school had sealed their place in the provincial final after a really competitive match.

Roscommon CBS: Gustavo Rodriguez; James Browne, Colin Walsh, John Martin; Cian Murray (0-1), Jack Lohan, Cian Lennon; Albert Looby, Keith Doyle; Richard Walsh (0-5), Ciaran Lawless (1-4, 2 frees), Tim Lambe (0-1); Jack McGahon (0-2, 2 frees), James Fitzpatrick, Liam Ormsby. Subs: Charlie Carty for Doyle (50), Aodha Hession for Glennon (56, black card).

St. Muirdeach’s: R Connolly; M Walsh, J Stutt, D Loftus; O Flynn, C Judge, J Tully (0-1); F Irwin (1-2), D Thornton; N Feeney, C Boyce. P Rutledge; S Treacy (0-5, 5 frees), A McAndrew, P Timlin.

 

Referee: John Gilmartin (Sligo)

 

 

Dooner's weekend predictions - March 8th

 

 

 

Congratulations to Castlerea Celtic B who deservedly clinched the Killeen Sports Grounds Division Two title last weekend. It was the first silverware ever won by a Celtic B team.

  There’s a crucial game in the Premier Division this Saturday as Castlerea Celtic play host to St. Peter’s. Ballymoe FC host Ballinasloe Town on Sunday.

  This weekend also sees Roscommon & District sides competing in the Connacht Cup and Shield and wish them the very best of luck.

Friday, March 8th

Raftery’s Oakland Hotel Premier Division

Cloonfad United v Skyvalley Rovers. 8 pm

A stalemate in Cloonfad.

Prediction: Draw

Killeen Sports Grounds Division Two

Shiven Rovers B v Manor United. 8 pm

Away win.

Prediction: Manor United

Saturday, March 9th

Raftery’s Oakland Hotel Premier Division (7.45 pm)                       

Castlerea Celtic v St. Peter’s FC           

Castlerea are in fine form as last weekend’s extra-time cup win against Ballymoe shows. The difficult games keep coming for Celtic though and the reigning champions visit this weekend.

Prediction: Draw

Strokestown United v Shiven Rovers

The visitors will be favourites to take all three points.

Prediction: Shiven Rovers

Sunday, March 10th

TP Brennan Connacht Cup Last 16

West Coast United v Boyle Celtic. 2 pm

The Roscommon side gets the nod here. Prediction: Boyle Celtic           

TP Brennan Connacht Shield Last 16 (2 pm)

Ballinasloe Town B v Killala

Away win.

Prediction: Killala

Mervue United B v Roscommon United

The hosts are favourites.

Prediction: Mervue United B

Bearna Na Forbacha v Cam Celtic

Home win.

Prediction: Bearna Na Forbacha

Glen Celtic v St. Bernard’s FC B

Glen get the nod.

Prediction: Glen Celtic           

Raftery’s Oakland Hotel Premier Division (11 am)

Ballymoe FC v Ballinasloe Town

Ballymoe will be hoping to bounce back from their cup exit.

Prediction: Ballymoe FC           

Dysart FC v Moore United           

Moore should have enough to win in Dysart.

Prediction: Moore United

Norio’s Takeaway Division One (2 pm)

CP Ajax v Rahara Rovers           

The hosts will surely be inspired by their namesakes’ heroics earlier this week!

Prediction: CP Ajax

Dunmore Town v St. John’s Athletic

The visitors have upset the predictions recently but will be favourites here.

Prediction: St. John’s Athletic           

Moylough ’79 v Ahascragh United

Home win.

Prediction: Moylough ‘79

Killeen Sports Grounds Division Two

St. Cuan’s United v Skyvalley Rovers. 2 pm

The hosts won the reverse fixture 5-3. Let’s hope for similar entertainment this weekend!

Prediction: St. Cuan’s United

 

Girls are Connacht Cup winners!

 

 

 

 

Connacht U-14 Girls Cup Final: Creggs 45 Connemara 0. Creggs U-14 Girls won their first ever Connacht Girls Cup last Sunday at The Sportsground in Galway.

  Creggs opened the scoring after eight minutes when Sarah Purcell gathered the ball from a Connemara clearance and broke through the defence to touch down under the posts, which Siofra Hession converted for a 7-0 lead.

  Connemara employed a kicking game in the first half and from one of their clearances Roisin Maher was stopped just short of the line following a powerful run. Eabha Dowd picked up and dived in from close-range which Siofra Hession again converted for a 14-0 half-time lead.

  The second half began with Connemara on the attack but the Creggs defence stood firm and after ten minutes they increased their lead to 21-0 after a second try for Sarah Purcell which Eabha Dowd converted.

  That score seemed to take the fight out of Connemara and Creggs capitalised with further tries from Roisin Maher (2), Siofra Hession and a third for Sarah Purcell.

  There were wild celebrations among the Creggs players and supporters at the final whistle. For a lot of this squad, it was their first year playing rugby and it is great credit to the girls ho went through the Connacht league and cup campaigns unbeaten this season.

  To add to what has been a wonderful week, the girls will play at half-time in the Ireland v France Women’s International in Dublin on Saturday. A well-deserved day out for team of champions!

 

Cunningham: ‘Energy levels were way off’

 

 

Roscommon manager, Anthony Cunningham, said he could have no complaints with the result following Roscommon’s defeat to Cavan last Sunday.

  “The better team won and we have no complaints at all. We were very disappointed with our performance and it wasn’t as intense or at the level that we have seen in our opening three games. We made mistakes, and mistakes come from lack of energy and being off the mark and we are very disappointed with how we played.

  “These things happen in league games. We conceded three goals and we were disappointed to have given away the goals in the manner we did. But goals are not (just) the fault of goalies and defenders, it’s the whole team who are responsible but we will look at it this week and we will prepare again for next Sunday”.

  Cunnigham conceded that his side’s energy levels were an issue.

  “Our energy levels were way off today. We got into a great position just after half-time but we let it slip again. That’s just not good enough and we will have to learn from it,” he said.

  The Roscommon manager admitted he hadn’t seen the incident involving Ultan Harney which resulted in the Clann na nGael man receiving his marching orders.

  “I didn’t see it (the Ultan Harney incident) but all indications are that it was a very harsh decision (the red card) and we will look at it during the week in terms of a review. We understand that there was no contact at all, or intent either. It was a total surprise to us and to lose a man after we had worked so hard up to that point left us in a really hard position to get out of,” he said.

Breffni blues make Rossies suffer!

 

 

Allianz NFL Division One

Cavan 3-13  

Roscommon 0-13

Let’s call a spade a spade, this was a resounding defeat and a very poor display. But just as it is prudent not to get carried away with a win, it would be unfair on the Roscommon team to be too critical after this defeat. But the reality of this particular game is that Roscommon were second best.

  The story of the scores will show that Anthony Cunningham’s men came out in the opening seven minutes of the second half and scored three fine points to edge into a one point lead. But the truth was that Cavan were by far the better team up to that point but had shot some really terrible wides that would have had them comfortably ahead at that stage.

  Unfortunately for Roscommon, the home side found their range in the second half and they won very easily considering that they shot 16 wides and a very impressive total of 3-13. Roscommon’s cause was not helped by the dismissal of Ultan Harney on a straight red card after 49 minutes for what referee David Gough signalled was an attempted striking offence. After the game Anthony Cunningham was of the opinion that it was a very harsh sanction on the Clann na Gael man, either way Roscommon had just conceded a second goal and were under pressure anyway. With 14 men their task was almost impossible.

  So what went wrong? The level of intensity that we saw from Roscommon in the opening three games was missing. Cavan won almost every breaking ball in the middle of the field and Roscommon repeatedly gave the ball away. In contrast, Cavan were very athletic and patient and they swept forward in waves with Ciaran Brady, Christopher Conroy, Killian Clarke, Martin Reilly and Dara McVeety all excellent for the home side.

  Roscommon were beaten at midfield and for a team with a growing defensive reputation, to concede three sloppy goals was very disappointing. David Murray, Niall Daly and Conor Hussey were the pick of a well beaten defence. Shane Killoran started very well but tired in the second half and Conor Cox kicked a few great scores from placed balls but was restricted in open play.

  It was not a great result for Roscommon especially with the large shadow of the Dubs looming at Dr. Hyde Park on Sunday. A huge relegation battle is now on the cards and it looks like the game against Galway in Pearse Stadium on Saturday, March 16th will be massive in terms of survival.

  But it’s one game at a time, and the aim for Roscommon next weekend is to avoid a thrashing from Dublin who seem to be getting stronger with every passing week. Roscommon must get back the aggression and intensity that marked their first three games because if they don’t it could be a long afternoon in the Hyde next Sunday.

  Sometimes there are unusual results in the league and Roscommon fans will have to hope that this game was one of those days. Cavan’s record against Roscommon over recent years had been terrible but they put that right last Sunday. It would be fair to say that a nine point win wasn’t even a fair reflection on how the game went. Cavan could have won far more easily. It was certainly a day to forget for Roscommon.

 

Cavan: Raymond Galligan, Jason McLoughlin, Padraig Faulkner, Conor Moynagh (0-1); Ciaran Brady, Chris Conroy (0-2, 1 free), Conor Rehill; Paul Graham, Killian Clarke, Martin Reilly (1-3, 1 free), Dara McVeety (0-1), Niall Murray (0-2); Niall Clerkin, Jack Brady (0-1 free), Conor Madden (2-1, 1 free).

Subs: Gerard Smith (0-1) for Rehill (44), Thomas Galligan for Graham (44), Pierce Smith for J Brady (52), Stephen Murray for C Brady (58), Cian Mackey for Madden (63).

Roscommon: Darren O’Malley (0-1, ‘45), David Murray, Conor Daly, Evan McGrath; Conor Hussey (0-1), Niall Daly (0-1), Ronan Daly; Tadgh O’Rourke, Enda Smith (0-1); Shane Kiloran, Ultan Harney, Niall Kilroy (0-1); Conor Cox (0-5, 4 frees), Conor Devaney, Cathal Cregg (0-2, 1 free).

Subs: Donie Smith (0-1, 1 free) for Kilroy (h/t), Gary Patterson for Kiloran (51), Aengus Lyons for Hussey (56), Caoilean Fitzmaurice for Cox (64), Hubert Darcy for McGrath (67).

Referee: David Gough (Meath)

Beyond the Pale: Dubs’ weekend away

 

 

 

 

Donegal’s motion to prevent Dublin from playing their home and ‘neutral’ games at Croke Park in the Super 8s may have failed but the Dubs will be leaving home comforts behind this weekend as they travel to Dr. Hyde Park.

  I was speaking to Dublin supporters earlier this week and they told me they find the whole debate slightly amusing. They insisted that they look forward to these trips away, and the numbers present at recent away games would certainly appear to back this up.

  Perhaps it’s a different story when it comes to the Dublin County Board and the Dublin team, however. But I suppose it would be naïve to suggest that other counties wouldn’t look to maintain ‘home’ advantage if the shoe was on the other foot.

  Another reason Dublin supporters find it all so amusing is the timing of the debate.

  “Everyone used to love bating us in Croker” is the usual refrain when asked what they thought of Donegal’s motion and claims that Dublin have it too easy when it comes to expenses and time spent on the road.

  Donegal’s motion was defeated two to one, which would suggest that other counties are rather nonplussed about the current situation. But this is something I find hard to believe.

  Yes, it’s true that Dublin’s recent success plays a big part in all of this but that doesn’t mean attempts shouldn’t be made right now to level the playing field. This Dublin team is capable of competing anywhere and the more young football supporters that get to see them perform in the flesh the better, in my humble opinion.

  Looking ahead to this Sunday and it promises to be a wonderful occasion at Dr. Hyde Park. It’s an opportunity for this young Roscommon team to test themselves against the side that has set the benchmark for the last four years away from the cavernous surrounds of headquarters.

  And if that wasn’t enough, the current Connacht Ladies intermediate champions take on Down at 12 noon in the opening act of what should be an entertaining double-header.

 

Seamus Duke on sport - March 1st

 

 

 

A bad day at the office in Cavan

I was expecting that Roscommon would come unstuck at some stage of this league and that came to pass against Cavan last Sunday. I wouldn’t be too hard on the team because they have put in a magnificent effort since the start of the year. The only pity about last Sunday’s game is that it comes a week ahead of a meeting with Dublin and our chances of winning that game are very slight indeed.

  Last Sunday, the intensity that we saw in the opening three league games was missing and Cavan were far sharper for almost the entire game. Roscommon were well beaten at midfield and won very little breaking ball in that vital middle third.

  After the match a lot of supporters were very critical of Ultan Harney and the fact that he got a red card early in the second half, but I have seen the incident on video a number of times since Sunday and it hardly warranted a free, never mind a straight red card. It was extremely harsh and I expect that Roscommon will be appealing that decision and rightly so too. One of the top referees in the country rang me on Monday and said it was as harsh an award as he had seen in a long time and very unfair on the player. I know that Ultan Harney’s recent disciplinary record is not great but in this case I think he was hard done by.

  But his sending off was not the reason Roscommon lost. Cavan were in control almost from the start of the game and only for a serious bout of ‘squandermania’ they should have been at least six points ahead at half-time. It was just a bad day at the office and we have to move on.

All-Ireland champions come to town

Next Sunday will be a marvellous occasion for Roscommon GAA. To have the All-Ireland champions in Dr. Hyde Park is a real treat for everyone who loves the game and there should be a huge crowd there too. All Roscommon can hope for is to be competitive on the day. No one will expect anything from Anthony Cunningham’s men so they can go out and enjoy the atmosphere.

  The real big game now in terms of survival will come on March 16th against Galway at Pearse Stadium. It’s a game that Roscommon can win, and if they could get two points there it would almost certainly keep them up. It will not be easy but it is achievable.

  Kerry now look certain to reach the league final and I expect Dublin to join them. Mayo are safe but they might get stuck on the six points they have. The relegation dog fight is between ourselves, Cavan, Monaghan and maybe Tyrone but they look safe at this stage. There is a lot of football to be played yet. Roscommon can still stay up.

Ladies lose but hurlers still unbeaten

It was mixed results for the other Roscommon teams at the weekend. The hurlers had a high-scoring win against Tyrone in the Hyde and the camogie side also accounted for Tyrone last weekend but there was no luck for the ladies football team who suffered a big defeat at the hands of Meath once again. 

  The hurlers are now into the Division 3A final and that’s a real sign of progress for Ciaran Comerford’s side. They face Lancashire this coming weekend in  Abbotstown.

  The ladies will be trying to get the train back on track against Down at home while the camogie side are at home to Clare. We wish them all the best of luck but it is a pity that all these games are clashing every weekend - it’s impossible to be at them all!

Donegal’s Croker motion rightly defeated

I have attended the GAA Congress twice in my lifetime and that was many moons ago.Time was when it was a massive affair that received huge coverage but now with the various committees it is streamlined and there is not as much controversy at the annual gathering.  

  This year there was a bit of controversy about the Donegal motion that sought to have Dublin taken out of Croke Park for their neutral games in the ‘Super 8s’ but it was defeated -  and rightly so too in my opinion. I hold no torch for the Dubs at all but the period of dominance that they are enjoying at the moment will pass and there won’t be a word about it then. When Meath and Kildare and Kerry were beating Dublin every year there wasn’t a word about this kind of motion and that situation will come around again for sure. It was very interesting to hear Colm O’Rourke say on Sunday night that he would have played Dublin in Croke Park in every game when he was playing for Meath if he got his way.

Magic Messi the greatest of them all!

The legend that is Lionel Messi grows with every passing week. Last weekend he scored another hat-trick for Barcelona which was his 50th career treble. Anyone who saw the highlights saw a stunning left foot volley for the first goal,  e blasted home the second goal with his right foot from the edge of the area and then to top the lot he chipped the ‘keeper for the third.

  The little genius has scored a phenomenal 33 goals in 32 games already this season and holds the record for the number of assists in La Liga. He has now scored an astonishing 650 goals in his career. I think the debate was over a long time ago - he is the greatest of all time!

Have Ireland gone off the boil?

I only saw the ‘highlights’ of Ireland’s win against Italy in the Six Nations and I suspect that we are dealing with a team that has gone off the boil. I said it here a couple of months ago that it was a pity that the World Cup was not in October 2018 because Ireland were on fire at that stage but they are not playing well now at all. I know that they got their bonus point win against Italy but the way they are performing, they might be under pressure against France at this stage. Looking at Wales against England at the weekend, Ireland will be up against it in Cardiff on St. Patrick’s weekend.

  But it’s not all doom and gloom. Jack Carty, a former Roscommon minor county player, got his first Irish senior cap in Rome and what a great honour that is for himself and his family. We were asking the question at the weekend: Is Jack the first Rossie to get a senior cap for the Irish team? As far as I know he is but I am open to correction if any reader knows differently.

Liverpool must attack to get back on track!

I didn’t get to see Manchester United v Liverpool either but by all accounts I didn’t miss much as I believe it was a game of very few chances and caution was the main tactic from both teams. It’s still a positive result for Liverpool but they will have to revert to the way they were playing if they want to win the title. They seem to have gone back into their shell a little in recent weeks and if they are too cautious they will pay a heavy penalty for it. They play Everton in another big game on Sunday. If they can win that it will be a huge step along the way towards winning the title but they will have to go out and attack.

 

Dublin at The Hyde – Take Two!

 

 

Roscommon GAA, local businesses and Dublin supporters won’t need a reminder of the last time the Boys in Blue were due in town for a Division One game. The game on Sunday, April 3rd 2016 had to be moved to Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon at 9 am that morning due to Dr. Hyde Park being unplayable. Dublin edged it by a point despite a spirited Roscommon performance.

  The day will mostly be remembered for the throngs of Roscommon and Dublin supporters making their way to Carrick by any means necessary.

  Following the delayed decision in moving the game, Roscommon GAA redeemed themselves somewhat by making buses available to those Dublin supporters left stranded in Roscommon town.

  The buses, from what this writer remembers, were free of charge and left from the Abbey Hotel carpark. Arriving into the Páirc Seán press box that day, however, it quickly became clear that at least one Dub had hopped on the wrong bus!

  A journalist from Dublin’s 98FM, a man who Giovanni Trapattoni once described as ‘beautiful’, told the station’s listeners that he had been charged ten euros to travel on a “bone-shaker of a bus”. Seemingly, Roscommon GAA had only provided two buses for the travelling legions of Dubs while other fans were ferried to and from Leitrim by at least one very enterprising local firm.

  It must be said though that the vast majority of Roscommon and Dublin fans I encountered that Sunday seemed to enjoy the madness of it all. Indeed, Rossies were quick to offer lifts to those in blue found thumbing on the Boyle Road.

  There’s no fear of a repeat of such scenes this weekend, thankfully. In fact, it’s hard now to remember Dr. Hyde Park without a pristine surface.

  The new pitch, a new manager and a new-look Roscommon team will welcome the All-Ireland champions to the county town on Sunday afternoon, and Anthony Cunningham will be hoping that his players, at least, won’t be as hospitable as the Roscommon supporters and County Board were three years ago.

Improvement needed ahead of Dubs visit

 

 

 

 

 

Allianz NFL Division One (Round 5) Roscommon v Dublin on Sunday at Dr. Hyde Park at 2 pm

 

 

After last weekend’s nine point defeat at the hands of Cavan, being excited about the visit of All-Ireland champions Dublin to Dr. Hyde Park on Sunday next seems a little naïve but that’s the way it is for most Roscommon GAA people this week. It’s fantastic to have the All-Ireland champions in our own back yard even though it’s stretching credibility a bit too far to expect a Roscommon win.

  There will be at least 10,000 people there to see Roscommon do battle with Jim Gavin’s men on Sunday. One thing is for certain, Roscommon will have to re-discover the intensity and aggression shown in their opening three games of this league campaign, because if they don’t it could be a very long day at in ‘The Hyde’.

  If Dublin dominate possession then Roscommon will be in big trouble. The worry from a Roscommon point of view is that the Dubs are improving with every passing week and a lot of their star performers are on the way back. There is not much point in naming the Dublin threats because they are in every line on the field. However, Brian Fenton is now their natural leader. What a player he is. Almost every Dublin attack goes through him and he appears to have so much time on the ball.

  Dublin’s options are frightening with the talent they have on the bench, never mind in the starting 15. The only chink in their armour is that their full-back line is suspect under the high ball and Kerry exploited that when they beat them in Tralee recently.

  However, against Mayo last weekend the Dubs were clinical and if it were not for Mayo goalkeeper, Rob Hennelly, the Dubs could have won by 15 or 20 points. It’s clear that while Dublin have their sights firmly on the five-in-a-row later in the year, they are slowly building up a head of steam in the league. I expect them to improve again this Sunday, which is bad news for Roscommon.

  From a Roscommon point of view, it would be prudent to adopt a defensive game plan. It is not easy to restrict Dublin but any team who have had even a modicum of success against them over the years will have to push up on their kick-outs and try to deny them possession.

   Enda Smith and Tadgh O’Rourke will have their hands full on Sunday and Roscommon will have to flood the midfield area to try to deny the Dubs space. Roscommon have been good up front but every chance will have to be taken this Sunday as they might be few and far between.

  These are the games that players love to play in. There will be a huge crowd and a great atmosphere. The Dubs will outnumber Roscommon supporters by at least two to one and they will come expecting to win. It is a marvellous opportunity for the Roscommon players to take on the All-Ireland champions at home. To test yourself you have to play against the best and that’s what the Dubs are.

  I am not expecting an easy Dublin win. They will get the job done by five or six points but Roscommon will (hopefully) put in a big display. It’s the biggest occasion that we have had in Dr. Hyde Park outside of the championship for many years - I am really looking forward to it!

 

Prediction: Dublin

 

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