The GAA has some of sports greatest rivalries and this Sunday one of the biggest gets ready to reach a new level.
Sunday July 30th at 4pm Connacht champions Roscommon take on neighbouring county Mayo in their first Croke Park meeting in what is without doubt the biggest game between the two.
Both teams have taking different paths to this stage of the championship. The Rossies kick started their championship with victory over Leitrim in the Connacht semi final before claiming their first JJ Nestor cup since 2010.
Mayo began their campaign with a win over Sligo before being knocked out of the Western province by Galway. Since then Stephen Rochfords men have had a long road through the qualifiers which includes two extra time wins.
Speaking ahead of the game to our reporter Daithí Boland was former Roscommon midfielder now chairman of Club Rossie David O’Connor who was asked about how big of a game this is for Roscommon
“Essentially it’s a very big game for Roscommon development”
“The result in Galway was a fantastic lift for Roscommon football”
“Sunday is a very big game but it’s one that Roscommon will enjoy as they go in as complete underdogs and the supporters will enjoy the day one way or another”
Mayo have had the better of this fixture in the past and their experience in Croke Park is sure to play a big factor in this game which David agrees with
“It can’t be overlooked, they’ve been at the business end of the Championship for 5 or 6 years”
“They love Croke Park although it might not have been too good to them on the result side of things but they have played exceptionally well up there”
Croke Park hasn’t seen much Primrose and Blue around its stands the last number of years but it’s sure to see a number of supporters wear their county colours this Sunday as many may feel this Mayo team are there to be beaten.
The intensity of this game should be one to savour but cool heads and steady shoulders will be needed for Roscommon if they are to make it to the last four.
To hear the full interview with David O’Connor listen to the audio below
Sunday’s game is sponsored by Gannons Poultry and Paul Byrons Shoes. You will hear live coverage of that game right here on Shannonside FM with throw in at 4pm
Ahead of the big match Shannonside FM will be broadcasting live from Hannon’s Hotel on Friday night for an up for the match special.
The Show will run between 8 and 10 p.m. There will be plenty of chat about the big game, some music and loads of fun on the night, admission is completely fee and you invited to come along.
If you can’t make it on the night then tune in to our coverage from 8 p.m. live from Hannon’s Hotel in Roscommon.