Last Sunday Croke Park seen an invasion of Roscommon and Mayo supporters around the stands and terraces for the All Ireland Quarter Final and providing people have recovered from the nerves that both teams had the supporters in it is sure to see similar this coming Monday.
The teams couldn’t be separated after more than 70 minutes so a replay is needed to see who will go on to face Kerry in the last 4.
It was a game both teams will feel they should have won but also a game where a lot can be worked on as the overall quality of the game wasn’t up to the highest standard
Speaking about that game and looking ahead to the replay was former Roscommon footballer now Chairman of Club Rossie David O’Connor
He spoke to our reporter Daithí Boland and was asked about his thoughts on Sundays draw
“Conditions didn’t lend themselves to top quality football with a lot of showers and slippery conditions with players falling so that played a part on the quality of football played that we would have liked to see”
“There was a lot at stake and both teams went hell for leather and sometimes in derby games like that the quality might not be what’s expected but the excitement was there with edge of the sit stuff”
Many talking points where discussed throughout the whole country after the game with the Keegan Smith battle, the substitutions made by Mayo, the start made by Roscommon and so on. Heading into this game it’s hard to know who might have the advantage but if stats are to play apart it would say Mayo.
Last Sunday Mayo were favourites to win the game and the same again this Monday. History shows that the favourites or the more experienced team on big days tend to come out on top in the second meeting with mistakes being learned but David believes The Rossies have as good a chance this time around as they did the last day out
“History would reflect that that’s what happens but there are a lot of things that stake up differently to this Mayo team”
“They’ve played more games than anyone else, some of their players are regularly off form and that’s a worry for Rochford”
“For Kevins (McStay) point of view he can change plenty around if needs be to keep them guessing, he has a lot of mobile players”
“It will be very interesting to see what happens but I do believe Roscommon have more left in the tank”
This is what the football championship is all about, the excitement, the ups and the downs along with the unknown of what will happen and Monday is sure to have all those ingredients wrapped in for a second encounter.
To hear the full interview with David listen to the audio below
Throw in time at Croke Park on Monday is 2pm and you will hear live coverage of that game right here on Shannonside FM