The Roscommon hurlers got a lesson last weekend of they need to reach in division 2B as Wicklow beat them in Athleague 2-17 to 0-07.
Roscommon manager Johnny Kelly spoke to our reporter Daithí Boland and gave his thoughts on the performance from his players last Sunday
“We were bitterly disappointed with the result and the performance it just wasn’t near good enough”
Roscommon would have been hoping to get their campaign off to a winning start to ease them into the league especially with tougher games ahead and having home advantage being another positive but it wasn’t to be as Wicklow proved to strong.
A trip to Ballycran to face Down is next for the Rossies and Johnny will be hoping for a much improved performance this weekend
“Hopefully we can get a better performance from our guys”
One of the big problems facing Johnny with this Roscommon team is the amount of players missing from last year’s panel. Being in a new division after gaining promotion last year it was always going to be tough but the loss for a hurling county like Roscommon is a major blow as they look to stay up
“To lose 8 or 9 players is impossible to have a seamless transition”
Johnny did go onto say the players that are in the panel are lads that are committed and willing to put in a huge effort to help improve Roscommon hurling.
Down come into this game on the back of a defeat themselves after losing to Christy Ring champions Meath and Johnny knows they will be looking to bounce back and get their aim for promotion up and running
“The level that Down would have played against Meath would be slightly higher than we would have played against Wicklow so this will be a serious threat”
It will be a huge game for the Rossies and will be another learning curve for the players as they look to improve and reach another level
Throw in on Sunday in Ballycran is 12:30pm
(Johnny Kelly Roscommon Hurling manager)