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Roscommon boss Burke expects tight finish to All-Ireland group

May 29, 2023 17:39 By Dave Hooper
Roscommon boss Burke expects tight finish to All-Ireland group Roscommon boss Burke expects tight finish to All-Ireland group
Roscommon manager Davy Burke
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Roscommon and Dublin and Kildare and Sligo drew their opening games

Roscommon boss Davy Burke believes the All-Ireland group series could come down to score difference.

Late converted frees from Conor Cox and Donie Smith saw Roscommon draw with Dublin in Sunday’s All-Ireland opener in Croke Park.

The result leaves all four teams tied on one point each in group three. Sligo having fought back for a draw with Kildare last week.

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“It’ll probably come down to score difference depending on different results” explained Burke. “Who beats who and what happens”.

“You would imagine there would be a couple of them on three or five (points) or whatever you’ll be on” added Burke. “This All-Ireland series is class looking at the results this far”.

Roscommon disappointed not to win

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Roscommon had started expertly and led at half-time. While, Roscommon’s wait for a first championship win in Croke Park since 1980 continues. The game was just their second championship draw at head-quarters.

Of the Championship 14 occasions Roscommon have played in Croke Park, since 1980 all have been defeats except the 2017 All-Ireland quarter-final draw with Mayo and Sunday’s encounter.

“The Rosises haven’t won here since 1980 in championship, that’s hanging over them big time” explained Burke. “There’s far too much quality in that room for that to be hanging over them”.

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“I thought I might be able to help them with that, but I couldn’t unfortunately” joked Burke.

“There’s a big disappointment” added Burke. “How many chances do you get to beat top teams here? But we do think we’re improving”.

“We definitely think we’re improving, our Connacht and our division one form showed that” Burke declared.

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“We didn’t really know here where we were, because we had four weeks break. It’s hard to really know where you are” explained Burke.

“We showed that we’re still there which is really positive obviously”

Next up for Burke’s side is a home fixture with Connacht runner-up Sligo. Sligo have dispatched London and New York en-route to the Connacht final.

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The Rossies go into the game as favourites against the division four champions. Burke however was quick to down play the favourites tag.

“Kildare were expected to win in Markevicz and you saw what happened” declared the Kildare man.

“We’ve a lot of sore bodies after that, so it will be Hudson Bay River to try and solve that!”

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