Roscommon captain Enda Smith was happy enough to get more game time in the legs last Sunday while picking up the year’s first silverware following a hard-fought win over Neighbours Galway.
“Yeah we’re happy enough, it was good to get an extra game under our belts ahead of next week because you lose a few games with no colleges in the FBD League this year. We were happy to get a good test against Galway too, they had quite a strong team out there and we were happy we stood up to it,” he said.
Roscommon’s defence stood firm and limited the reigning champions to just six scores, but Enda wasn’t getting carried away.
“The heavy pitch means the ball was being moved a bit slower into the forwards. It’s early days so it’s hard to put one imprint on it so far but we would have been happy with how it’s 1-5 we’ve conceded, that’s not bad going any day so yeah we’re happy enough how we were defensively”.
Looking ahead to next week’s NFL Division One opener in Castlebar, Enda is hoping for an upturn in fortunes against old rivals Mayo.
“It’s a tough one Mayo, we haven’t fared well down there in league or championship in recent years so a result would kick us off for a good couple of weeks.
“The preparation has gone well. We started a couple of weeks later than most counties with Anthony only getting ratified in the middle or late November. We’ve trained hard now and lads have been putting in a huge effort so it’s been good,” he concluded.