Hurlers hoping to maintain perfect start

Nicky Rackard Cup (Round Two): Roscommon v Warwickshire at Dr. Hyde Park on Sunday at 1 pm

Roscommon hurlers will be hoping to continue their 100 per cent start to the Nicky Rackard Cup when they welcome Warwickshire to Dr. Hyde Park this Sunday.

  The teams had very contrasting results in their opening fixtures last weekend as Warwickshire were on the receiving end of a 7-18 to 2-11 mauling at the hands of Tyrone while the Rossies ran out easy 5-19 to 2-7 winners over Armagh (see page 54).

  Roscommon manager, Francis O’Halloran, is facing a mounting injury list with Cathal Dolan and Pete Kellehan still injured and number of knocks sustained at the Athletic Grounds last Sunday.

  Speaking to People Sport this week, however, he said confidence was high ahead of the visit of the Exiles.

  These lads are good players and all they have to do now is back themselves to go out and deliver another good performance. We have a tough game coming up on Sunday week against Donegal but we have to deal with this game first,” he said.

  “Our task was to improve these players when we came in and there are signs that’s happening. Our aim is to do well in this competition and hopefully to get to Croke Park. But we are taking it one step at a time at the moment,” he concluded.

  Fresh from their heroics in Armagh and facing a Warwickshire side still smarting from that thumping defeat to Tyrone, Roscommon should get the job done at home and make it two wins from two.

Prediction: Roscommon.

* On Friday evening at 5 pm, Roscommon face Mayo in the All-Ireland U-20 ‘B’ semi-final. Having defeated Wicklow in the opening round, hopes are high that Michael Fallon’s team can win in Athleague and reach the decider.