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Huge task for us Hughes

Gerry Hughes is the Salthill/Knocknacarra manager. 

  “We were delighted to win the county final but we played a league game since and we were beaten in that so that brought us back down to earth. We also have a couple of niggly injuries and Gary Cox and Ruaidhri McTiernan are receiving treatment this week and hopefully they will be able to line out. 

  “We didn’t pass any heed on the Connacht Championship at all until the last week or two. We were very focussed on winning the county title because we hadn’t won it for a few years.

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ORAN ON THE BALL

AIB Connacht Club JFC semi-final

Oran (Roscommon) 1-12 Cloonacool (Sligo) 0-05

Seamus Duke 

Roscommon champions Oran produced an excellent display to sweep past Sligo opponents Cloonacool and into the Connacht club junior football final at Kiltoom last Sunday. Short man of the match Thomas Fetherston from the county final win because of a virus, the Oran men coped very well and they had victory in their grasp a long time before the final whistle.

  In fact Oran outscored their opponents by 1-6 to 0-1 in the second half, which was a measure of their dominance. Oran were very impressive

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Brigids bid for three-in-a-row

AIB Connacht Club SFC Semi-Final: 

Salthill/Knocknacarra (Galway) v St Brigids (Roscommon) on Sunday at Pearse Stadium at 2.30 pm

Seamus Duke 

This is a very eagerly awaited Connacht semi-final as St Brigids’ quest for a third provincial title in a row continues at the home of the Galway champions on Sunday. An interesting twist to the clash will be that former St Faithleachs and Roscommon captain Gary Cox will be lining out for the Galway men against Brigids on Sunday. Gary was on the St Faithleachs side which lost to Brigids in the county finals in 2006 and 2007.

 

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Rossies set to choose their man

Seamus Duke 

It would appear that the search for a new manager for the Roscommon senior football team will come to an end later tonight (Thursday) when a name will come before County Board delegates for ratification following a two-month search to replace Des Newton.

  Speaking to The Roscommon People on Wednesday, Roscommon GAA Chairperson Mick Fahey said that he was hoping to meet with the candidate in question on Wednesday night. He added that he was hopeful that a number of loose ends could be tied up which would allow the individual’s name to go before the clubs at

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Orans run brought to abrupt end by Ballinasloe

AIB Connacht Club JFC Final

Ballinasloe (Galway) 4-11 Oran (Roscomon) 0-07

Seamus Duke

Oran’s great run in the junior football championship this year came to an end in no uncertain terms when they were well beaten by an impressive Ballinasloe outfit in this final played in Kiltoom on Saturday.

  Oran conceded two goals in the first seven minutes of play and it was a setback that they could not recover from. They battled away gamely and were in contention at half-time. However they needed to score at least one goal to get back into the game and it never

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The Final Whistle what they said

McStay looks forward to a ‘novel final’ 

Kevin McStay (St Brigids manager)

“Yeah I’m happy. The first ten minutes of the second half was key. We upped it a good bit and I think everyone saw that. It was a real November performance. Everyone dogged in and worked hard. Some of the lads got tired but we brought in other lads and we kept the intensity levels high. 

  “I was never too concerned when Sean Armstrong got those three points in that second half. He is a good player and is going to get scores but it is how

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The challenge for me is to get Roscommon into the top ten

People Sports Editor SEAMUS DUKE spoke to JOHN EVANS on Friday last, less than 24 hours after he had been ratified as the new Roscommon senior football team manager

How did it come about that you got the Roscommon job?

Well, the selection committee approached me and asked me would I be interested. I considered their request and asked them for some time and I thought about it. I sat down then with the chairman of the County Board Michael Fahey and I did a bit of research about the job, football in the county and the set-up in general

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Four Roads ladies into All-Ireland Camogie Final

All-Ireland Junior Camogie Club Semi-Final

Four Roads (Roscommon) 2-8 Tara (London) 1-5

Four Roads are into another All-Ireland Junior Camogie club final after this hard-fought win against London champions Tara at Ballyforan last Sunday.

 The Roscommon champions started and ended well and that saw them home safely. Tara closed the gap to three points in the final quarter of the game but a goal from Grainne Egan with two minutes to go sealed the win for Joe Mannion’s side.

  Four Roads missed an early penalty when Cait Kenny’s shot was well saved by the Tara goalkeeper. Four Roads scored

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Horses for Courses

This weekend’s action

Racing in Ireland this weekend gets the national hunt season into full swing starting at Clonmel today, Thursday with tapes for the first back at 1.25 pm. Tomorrow flat racing takes place at Dundalk’s all weather track, stalls open for the first at 6.30 pm. On Saturday racing at Punchestown near Naas features the Grade 3 Fishery Lane Hurdle with the first away at 1.05 pm. Sunday sees a classic card for the second of a two day meeting at Punchestown off at 12.45 pm and there is also racing on the Cork track in Mallow starting

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Four Roads boss Coyle says well give it a lash!

AIB Connacht Club IHC Final:

Four Roads (Roscommon) v Killimordaly (Galway) on Sunday in Athleague at 2 pm

Seamus Duke 

Four Roads will attempt to build on their good display in the semi-final against Ballyhaunis when they meet Galway intermediate champions Killimordaly in Sunday’s Connacht final at Athleague. It will be a tall order though as Killimordaly are a very strong side who were defeated in the 2011 IHC final in Galway, and who justified favouritism in this year’s championship when beating Ahascragh/Fohenagh in the final by three points.

  Four Roads played their best hurling of the year when

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