Can ‘The Sweeney’ solve it?

Shane Sweeney is the high-scoring Pearses and Roscommon corner-forward who will be hoping to take the Mickey Cunniffe Cup back to the Padraig Pearses clubhouse on Sunday night for the first time in twenty years.    Shane told the Roscommon People this week that the players had a meeting after the county final defeat last year and vowed to get back into the final this year as they felt they did not do themselves justice in that match against Athleague.    ‘We were so disappointed the way we played last year. We met and vowed to get back into another final this year, so here we are. We started slowly in the championship this year but once we got a few wins under our belt we  improved and hopefully we can improve again on Sunday’ he said.    Shane says that they have a point to prove after last year’s display in the final. ‘We want to make up for last year but we know it will not be easy. You have to earn anything you get in this game and there is no sentiment in sport. We will have to play well to earn the title’ Shane said.    Shane says that a bonus is that the panel are virtually injury-free in preparation for the final.      ‘That’s a big bonus, not to have injuries. We have a big panel and the competition for places is great so that’s a big plus’ he says.  He agrees that a twenty-year gap since Pearses’ last senior hurling success is far too long.    ‘We need to win a senior title. It would give the underage hurling structure at the club a big boost. There are also players on the panel who are there for 10 or 11 years and it would be great for them too after all the service they have given. It would be fantastic to win it and we will be going flat out to do so’ he concluded.