The rivalry between Roscommon and Mayo is one of the GAA’s biggest and last Sunday seen the two meet in Croke Park for the first time.
The game ended in a draw with the replay to be played on Monday August 7th with live commentary of the game right here on Shannonside FM.
The drawn game was one with many talking points but the one that stands out most in terms of a negative was the booing directed at Mayo forward Andy Moran.
Andy comes from Ballaghaderreen which is on the Roscommon Mayo boarder. It is a town very much divided in its support for either county with the town located in Co.Roscommon but a small parts of the surrounding areas crossing the boarders.
When it comes to Gaelic Games the local GAA is very much associated with Mayo GAA. So any player at any grade that gets the opportunity to play county from this club is picked for Mayo not Roscommon.
Mayo has a number of Ballaghaderreen players in it squad Andy being the most high profile and David Drake also being a key part of the squad.
Both players did play part on Sunday but it was only Andy that received booing from the Roscommon supporters. It is not something the GAA wants to see and the Roscommon management and players have had their say with the following statement
Statement from Roscommon players and management
Roscommon Senior Football management and players would like to publicly thank the many Roscommon supporters who travelled to Croke Park yesterday to support them.
During the game, it was obvious that a section of Roscommon supporters tried to upset Andy Moran by booing him while on or near the ball.
The Roscommon players and management do not condone this behavior from any set of fans but especially our own and believe it has no place in Gaelic games or indeed any sport.
We strongly urge all supporters to please refrain from booing any player.
We as a team have a value set and we always try and play the game in a sporting manner and expect our supporters to support in a similar manner. Thank you for your continued support.