The Roscommon & District Soccer representative side find themselves just a piont away from securing a place in the knock out stages of the prestigious Oscar Traynor Cup competition.
So far in the current campaign the Roscommon side managed by Enda Concannon, have defeated the Mayo league and have also recorded a very creditable draw against the Galway league down in Eamonn Deacy Park. Sunday’s opposition are also unbeaten after recording victories over the Galway league and the Mayo league in their opening two games. In summary the defending champions are through to the knockout stages regardless of what happens on Sunday while Roscommon will need to secure at least a share of the spoils to ensure qualification to the knock out stages.
Manger Enda Concanon speaking to the Shannonside Sports Department has admitted that Sunday’s game affords his side a glorious opportunity to continue their involvement in the competition into the New Year, however he also knows that facing last year’s winners in their own back yard will pose a huge challenge to his side. Playing for a draw brings its own pitfalls and he believes the best form of defense is attack and feels that his side have to go for the win in Ennis but they also have to be careful with their approach and not leave themselves exposed in any way particularly in the early stages of the game.
The Roscommon team have grown in confidence with each and every match they have played in the competition to date and the manager is confident that they are now also more familiar with their new team mates after having those two tough matches under their belts. Concannon also feels there is a high caliber of player in the league and this is an ideal opportunity for them to show case their talents on a national stage. Roscommon have had limited time together since the draw against the Galway League. They stepped up preparations with a recent friendly with Moore United on Wednesday night last, but were without a number of players for different reasons.
Roscommon have received a boost ahead of Sunday with the news that Des Hope should be available for selection for the trip to Ennis. Garry Canavan and Gregory Grogan are still rated as doubtful by the manager for Roscommon’s final group game.
The Roscommon manager, Enda Concannon previews Sunday’s match with John Lynch.