Roscommon looking to make their mark ahead of League opener

The Roscommon senior football team will find themselves in very familiar territory on Sunday when they face up to Galway in the final of the Connacht FBD League. The big match will throw in at 2 p.m. in the south Roscommon venue.
The pairing for the 2017 final has a very familiar ring to it. The sides are clashing for the third year in row in the Provincial league decider and of course they also contested last year’s Connacht senior football final which the tribesmen eventually won after a replay in Castlebar.

Galway were the form team in section “B” during the group stages of the competition and Kevin Walsh’s side looked very impressive in their win in over Leitrim in Ballinamore. Prior to that win they also defeated Sligo. GMIT conceded their final match so the defending champions have had two weeks to prepare for tomorrow’s encounter.

Roscommon’s path to the final resulted in wins over IT Sligo and NUIG, before they conceded two late goals against Mayo last week and as a result lost their unbeaten record. However NUIG’s earlier win over the beaten All Ireland finalists resulted in Kevin McStay’s side advancing to the decider thanks to a better scoring average.

Cian Connolly has been selected to play at right corner forward tomorrow for Roscommon and it’s a match that he is looking forward to. With Roscommon losing both the Connacht championship and FBD final to their traditional rivals in 2016 there is no doubt that Kevin McStay’s men would like to return to winning ways this weekend.

When it comes to looking back on the Mayo game, Connolly feels that apart from the result there are a lot of positives Roscommon take from last weekend’s encounter.
Roscommon’s impressive scoring average is eye catching and the fact that a number of newcomers to the squad have experienced game time are major pluses.
On a note of caution the Roscommon Gaels man knows that they have to tighten up at the back, and has warned that if they continue to leak goals then their chances of success in the upcoming Allianz League campaign could be severely reduced.

For the present at least Sunday’s game against Galway is top of the collective agenda for the Roscommon players and management, however the opening league game against Tyrone is also a live issue.
Connolly has acknowledged that there is serious competition for places in the squad at present and of the players want to be traveling as part of the official squad to Omagh tomorrow week.

He concluded the interview by stating that those lucky enough to secure a starting jersey for tomorrow’s final will be doing their upmost to ensure they hold on to it.

Take a listen to the full interview between Cian Connolly and Shannonside’s John Lynch.