Another chance to impress!

For the second year in a row, old rivals Roscommon and Galway will meet in the FBD League Final in Tuam (this Sunday, 2 pm) and while a victory for either side would be a boost going into the NFL, an FBD title would not exactly be on the priority list for Galway or Roscommon.

  Roscommon’s management team were planning to hold an in-house A v B game this weekend to finalise preparations for the league opener against Monaghan, but now, after last weekend’s win against what was a very understrength Mayo side, they will be able to look at new players and combinations in a competitive setting against Galway.      

  Trying to predict what Roscommon team will be playing on Sunday is most likely a futile exercise as it will probably feature many changes from the team we saw against Mayo on Sunday last.

  I presume that the likes of Neil Collins, Enda Smith and Diarmuid Murtagh, all of whom returned to the fold last weekend, will get more game-time in this encounter. The priority will be to ensure that there are no serious injuries ahead of the game against Monaghan on Sunday week.

  Like Roscommon, Galway have three wins behind them and they will be hoping to launch a promotion bid in the upcoming league. Familiar faces like Paul Conroy, Thomas Flynn and Danny Cummins were to the fore against GMIT last weekend, while Eddie Hoare has been impressive in this FBD League campaign and is putting down a big challenge for a starting place in the league at full-forward.

  Given that neither side will lose any sleep if they lose this final, it’s a toss-up, and maybe Galway, with home advantage, might just want it a little more.

Prediction: Galway.