New faces emerge as Pearses await opponents

In the interim period between the ending of the county club championships and the start of the provincial championships, there have been a number of appointments on the county scene over the past week or so.

There are two new selectors in the Roscommon senior football back room team. Former London manager and Roscommon native Noel Dunning and former star attacker Derek Duggan will replace Mark Dowd and Iain Daly who have stepped down.

There have also been two further appointments made by manager Anthony Cunningham who has appointed Luke Bree and Peter Tierney who will assist as coaches with the team. Leo Tierney will become the new goalkeeping coach while Gary Flannery will remain as the strength and conditioning coach.

Meanwhile, James Duignan has been appointed as the minor football manager for 2022. The former Garrycastle player served as a selector under last year’s manager Enda Nugent. His selectors will be Fintan Cregg, Stephen Bohan, Pat Regan and Gary Sammon.

On the field of play, there will be major Roscommon interest in the clash of Leitrim champions Sean O’Heslin’s of Ballinamore and the new Galway champions Mountbellew/Moylough which takes place in Carrick-on-Shannon this Sunday at 1.30 pm. The winners will face Pádraig Pearses in the Connacht Championship semi-final on Sunday week.

Mountbellew/Moylough won their first Galway senior title title since 1986 last Sunday when they defeated former All-Ireland champions Corofin by six points (1-12 to 0-9). Sean O’Heslin’s won their first county title in 31 years recently after they defeated Mohill in a thrilling final by 1-16 to 0-17.