Niall Higgins looks to sweep up historic medal

The inaugural U17 Football Final takes place this Sunday as Roscommon and Tyrone will battle it out to make history and become the first winners of this new grade.

The game will be a curtain raiser to the senior semi final which includes the Tyrone seniors as they look to dethrone Dublin.

A big crowd from Tyrone will be seen for the game due to having two teams playing but no doubt the Primrose and Blue will be seen in numbers through the stands of Croke Park

The semi finals seen Tyrone beat Meath 1-14 – 0-10 while Roscommon to the shock of most people outside the county beat Kerry 2-15 – 1-13 to set up this final pairing.

Niall Higgins who is part of the squad has seen many positional switches in this championship due his versatility and the victory over The Kingdom was another as the Elphin star was giving the duty of sweeper for the game.

He spoke to Tony Ghee about being giving that role

“It worked out for me as I could read the game and move wherever the ball was and get on it”

Niall is the only player from the Elphin club he’s very honoured to represent the club on such a big occasion like this Sunday

“All in the club are very proud of me and I’m honoured to represent them”

Coming into this game Niall knows the challenge that awaits The Rossies

“We’ll have to work a lot harder than we did against Kerry and cut out a lot of the mistakes because Tyrone have great work rate and they are a physical and strong team”

All Ireland finals are always special but being that this is the first at this grade it has an extra bit to it.

Roscommon underage has been very strong over the last number of years with some exceptional teams and this team is one of them with plenty of talent.

Throw in time at Croke Park on Sunday is 11:45am and you will be able to hear live coverage of that game right here on Shannonside FM

To hear the full interview with Niall listen to the audio below