The big challenge facing the Western Gaels manager Gerard Nolan ahead of tomorrow’s Roscommon Senior football Quarter-final is to help his side re-discover the early season form his side displayed at the stat of the 2017 Roscommon senior football championship.
The West Roscommon side started the campaign off in impressive fashion in the early part of the summer, and more recently a win over the defending champions St. Brigid’s led many to believe that they would be one of the two teams in section “A” to claim one of the two much coveted County semi-final places.
In the final round of matches a combination of Western Gaels going down to St Faithleach’s and the aforementioned County champions inflicting a heavy defeat on Roscommon Gaels resulted in Frankie Dolan’s men securing a semi-final position while Nolan must now pick the Gaels up for a quarter-final show down with Clan na nGael in Kiltoom tomorrow evening.
Despite the recent setback Gerard Nolan is still happy to be involved in the championship heading into knockout stages of the competition. He admits that it was difficult to have geared the team to have been firing on all cylinders last weekend with his team already being assured of a place in the latter stages of the completion prior to last Saturday’s match.
There are now two potential ties against the last two winners of the Fahy cup in store for Nolan’s side. If they get the better of Clan tomorrow then there is another showdown against what will surely be a more formidable St Brigid’s team in the semi- finals.
Despite these massive obstacles in their way Nolan is confident that his side have what it takes to advance. Nolan has only to go back to the win in the group stages over Frankie Dolan’s men in the group stages. That win was achieved on the back of a disappointing defeat at the hands of Roscommon Gales.
Despite having injury worries Nolan is still confident that his team can still be a serious force in the race to become Roscommon senior football champions 2017.
Take a listen to the full interview between Gerard Nolan and Shannonside’s John Lynch