Burke delighted with debutants

Roscommon manager Davy Burke. Pic: Bernie O’Farrell

Roscommon manager Davy Burke expressed his dissatisfaction with a new rule this year which restricts the amount of substitutions that can be made in the FBD League.

Traditionally, in ‘pre-season competitions’ of this nature, multiple substitutions are the norm, as managers try out new players and work on selections and systems ahead of the National League.

However, in 2024, teams are restricted to six substitutions per half.

Burke appeared to favour a more casual subbing approach, noting that “when there’s a raft of subs between the two teams, it’s very disruptive”.

Stating that the new rule needs to be looked at, he said that last Friday (against Sligo), Roscommon “had to make a few subs in the first half to make sure we got everyone on the field”.

As to the victory on the evening, Burke was very happy with his charges and agreed that the first-half display was the deciding factor.

“I thought that we started very well and we put the game to bed very early. These games tend to fall apart then and they turn into glorified challenge games. But I felt that we were good for the guts of 35 minutes”.

Burke praised the contribution on the night of Cian Connolly of Roscommon Gaels. “Cian is a very good player. I’m delighted for him because he had a very quiet year by his high standards last year. He’s putting it together now. He’s putting a massive shift in and he’s going to be a big player for us”.

The Roscommon manager also praised the efforts of his young defence on the night.

“For five of our six backs, it was their first time out in a Roscommon jersey. People shouldn’t forget that. That’s massive for us. We are looking ahead now to next weekend (FBD semi-final) and another match in preparation for the season”.