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The challenge for me is to get Roscommon into the top ten

People Sports Editor SEAMUS DUKE spoke to JOHN EVANS on Friday last, less than 24 hours after he had been ratified as the new Roscommon senior football team manager

How did it come about that you got the Roscommon job?

Well, the selection committee approached me and asked me would I be interested. I considered their request and asked them for some time and I thought about it. I sat down then with the chairman of the County Board Michael Fahey and I did a bit of research about the job, football in the county and the set-up in general


Four Roads ladies into All-Ireland Camogie Final

All-Ireland Junior Camogie Club Semi-Final

Four Roads (Roscommon) 2-8 Tara (London) 1-5

Four Roads are into another All-Ireland Junior Camogie club final after this hard-fought win against London champions Tara at Ballyforan last Sunday.

 The Roscommon champions started and ended well and that saw them home safely. Tara closed the gap to three points in the final quarter of the game but a goal from Grainne Egan with two minutes to go sealed the win for Joe Mannion’s side.

  Four Roads missed an early penalty when Cait Kenny’s shot was well saved by the Tara goalkeeper. Four Roads scored


Horses for Courses

This weekend’s action

Racing in Ireland this weekend gets the national hunt season into full swing starting at Clonmel today, Thursday with tapes for the first back at 1.25 pm. Tomorrow flat racing takes place at Dundalk’s all weather track, stalls open for the first at 6.30 pm. On Saturday racing at Punchestown near Naas features the Grade 3 Fishery Lane Hurdle with the first away at 1.05 pm. Sunday sees a classic card for the second of a two day meeting at Punchestown off at 12.45 pm and there is also racing on the Cork track in Mallow starting


Four Roads boss Coyle says well give it a lash!

AIB Connacht Club IHC Final:

Four Roads (Roscommon) v Killimordaly (Galway) on Sunday in Athleague at 2 pm

Seamus Duke 

Four Roads will attempt to build on their good display in the semi-final against Ballyhaunis when they meet Galway intermediate champions Killimordaly in Sunday’s Connacht final at Athleague. It will be a tall order though as Killimordaly are a very strong side who were defeated in the 2011 IHC final in Galway, and who justified favouritism in this year’s championship when beating Ahascragh/Fohenagh in the final by three points.

  Four Roads played their best hurling of the year when


Sick as a Parrot/Over the Moon

Late goals deny Roscommon in Traynor Cup

The Roscommon & District League had their first outing in this season’s Oscar Traynor Cup competition when they played the Galway League at Deacy Park, Galway. 

  Despite playing some really good football the Roscommon & District League were undone by two late goals with the game ended on a 4-2 scoreline in favour of the Galway League.

 The Roscommon & District League were slightly the better side in the first half with David Cullen, Darragh Concannon, Danny Browne, Gregory Grogan and Gary Egan all playing particularly well. 

  The first ten minutes


Ballaghaderreen too hot for Curry

AIB Connacht SFC Club Semi-Final

Ballaghaderreen (Mayo) 1-15 Curry (Sligo) 1-7

A storming second-half display – which saw Ballaghaderreen out-score their Sligo opponents by 1-9 to 0-2 – was the key to this comprehensive win for Mark Dowd’s side and a first Connacht senior final appearance beckons on Sunday week against the defending champions, St Brigids.

  It was a well contested encounter in the first half and Curry were on top for long periods. However the Sligo champions missed a very easy goal chance just before half-time and had their centre-half back John Feeney red-carded with 15 minutes left


County Championships coming up

40x20 County Championship: The Interclub titles are up for grabs at Junior B, Junior, Intermediate and Open grades. This year sees a radical overhaul of the format of this competition. There will be no singles as part of the ‘team of four’ format and instead combined points from two games of doubles will decide the result. More controversially, the games will now be timed and scores will be awarded on winning any rally, not just while serving. People will need convincing about this pilot format, given that strong serving is neutralised somewhat, as is a strong offensive (killing) game. 



Impressive Brigids set up Connacht final date with Ballaghaderreen

AIB Connacht Club SFC Semi-Final

Salthill/Knocknacarra (Galway) 0-08 St. Brigid’s (Roscommon) 0-15

St Brigids eased past the challenge of the Galway champions Salthill/Knocknacarra to qualify for another Connacht club senior football final after this competitive semi-final played at Pearse Stadium last Sunday.

  Apart from the first ten minutes, and a short period in the third quarter, Brigids controlled the game and they are improving as they get further in this competition. They displayed superb intensity throughout on Sunday and their tackling and back-up play was top class throughout.

  Senan Kilbride, Karol Mannion and Frankie Dolan were again very

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