Curran expected to be fit for Connact final on Sunday

Roscommon football kingpins St. Brigids put their growing reputation – and their Connacht title – on the line on Sunday when they face the 2005 All-Ireland Club champions Ballina Stephenites in their own backyard at James Stephens Park.    The throw-in is at 2 pm with Marty Duffy of Sligo the referee.   Having survived a scare against Strokestown in the Roscommon SFC quarter-finals, St.  Brigids have not looked back since and they have performed with increasing confidence in every championship game they’ve played,  especially in the Connacht semi-final against the Galway champions, Killererin, when they scored four goals and ten points.    Brigids have one major injury worry and that concerns goalkeeper Shane Curran who had to leave the field with a leg injury towards the end of the semi-final.    Brigids’ team manager Anthony Cunningham will be hoping that the inspirational Curran will be fit to play but he is also happy in the knowledge that James Martin is a more than capable deputy who made one excellent save when he was introduced against Killererin.     The Roscommon champions will be hoping  that their full-forward line of Cathal McHugh,  Senan Kilbride and David ‘Jimmy Nail’ O’Connor can supply the match-winning scores and that Frankie Dolan, Karol Mannion, Mark O’Carroll and John Tiernan can provide the inspiration from further out the field.   Ballina are a very experienced outfit and in David and Ger Brady, Pat Harte, Enda Devenney and Ronan McGarrity, they have  players of the highest quality, all of whom have tasted All-Ireland glory at this level.   Brigids will be hoping for a big Roscommon support to travel to the game and speaking to The People in recent days St. Brigids’ officials and players have been loud in their praise of the huge support that followed the team to Tuam for the semi-final.   The bookies favour the Mayo champions to win with Ballina being quoted at 4/5 and St. Brigids at 5/4, with a draw priced at 13/2. The game is sure to be played in less than favourable conditions after the onset of the winter weather in recent weeks so it looks like a low-scoring final may be in prospect.   This week in People Sport there is a full and comprehensive preview on the big game with  opinions from both camps. Also in People  Sport this week we have reports and previews on all the soccer, rugby, GAA, golf and other sporting action from around the county and further afield.