Last Sunday it was expected that come 6pm that evening either Roscommon or Mayo supporters would be heading back West in celebration over their counties win. However that was not to be the case as after over 70 minutes of football both sides couldn’t be separated therefore will be back in GAA headquarters this Monday.
While the quality may have been effected by the conditions the excitement was far from dampened with an ending to the match leaving fans on the edge of their seats.
Former Roscommon goalkeeper Shane Curran spoke to our reporter Daithí Boland who asked the All Ireland club winner if the draw was the fair result on the day
“I think on balance it was”
“Both teams gave it everything, Roscommon got off to a great start and Mayo never went away”
“Looking forward to the replay now on Bank Holiday Monday”
Shane believes despite the quality of the football not up to the highest level the fight and commitment was very much there to be seen
“We started brilliant but then lacked off for a period but the resilience of this team came through after half time”
“It was really tit for tat and I think Kevin will be very happy of his players”
“They looked out on their legs come near the end of the game but they stuck at it and a tremendous free by Donie Smith levelled the game which is what I feel Roscommon deserved”
One of the areas where Roscommon will feel they can really benefit from is by attacking the Mayo full back line which has shown weaknesses over the last two games
“Roscommon need goals, if you take the goals out of Sundays game nine points just wouldn’t be good enough”
“Our full forward line carries a major threat but Ger Cafferkey although may be seen as a major weakness he’s been out a long period with injury and he’s gaining more match time in each games that passes so he could start to steady up”
In terms of changes to the starting 15 Shane believes Donie Smith is pushing for a place but can’t see him breaking in for this Monday. He believes the Boyle mans impact off the bench will be huge just like last Sunday.
As expected Sundays game was going to cause talking points and one of them was the booing of Mayo forward And Moran from the Roscommon fans and Shane gave his thoughts on that matter
“You can’t legislate for eejits at matches and I think it’s sad that some people would do that”
“By in large 90-95% of Roscommon supporters are super people and they go to the game to enjoy them”
“I think Andy is a great ambassador for the game and is a tremendous footballer and I just feel Roscommon supporters should go to next Mondays game and focus on the Primrose and Blue players”
It’s a game that just can’t come quick enough with excitement being seen throughout the whole county. Throw in at Croke Park on Monday is 2pm and you will hear liver coverage of that game right here on Shannonside FM. That match is brought to you by Paul Byron Shoes, PAULBYRONSHOES.COM
To hear the full interview with Shane listen to the audio below