Hyde and Seek – Glory!

It’s one of the biggest sporting weekends of the year in Roscommon – with the Bank of Ireland All-Ireland SFC qualifier between Roscommon and Kildare taking place on Saturday and the Connacht senior and minor finals being played on Sunday at Hyde Park. Meanwhile there’s a two-day race meeting in Roscommon next week – Monday and Tuesday!   Both the Roscommon minor and senior football teams will not be fully finalised until Thursday night this week – however both teams are expected to be along familiar lines for the big matches at Hyde Park on Saturday (seniors v Kildare at 3 pm) and on Sunday (minors v Galway at 12.10 pm).   The senior team have been hit by a number of injuries, not least to centre-half back David Casey who is very unlikely to be able to play after sustaining a leg injury against Longford in a challenge game last Saturday evening. His place will most likely go to Roscommon Gaels’ John Nolan. Enda Kenny is also suffering from an injury but he is back training this week and minor stars from last year David O’Gara and Conor Devanney are also on the injury-list this week.   Meanwhile the minor team will be very similar to that which played so well against Mayo. However there are still injury doubts over the participation of Donie Shine while Jack Sharkey is back in training and in contention for a full back place.   A spokesman for Roscommon County Board of the GAA told The People on Wednesday that tickets for Sunday’s games are selling well.   ‘There are no stand tickets left and we have sold a lot of terrace tickets, but we still  have some left. It’s vital for people to remember that they should buy a ticket before Sunday because there is no guarantee that there will be any tickets for sale on  the day and remember, even juveniles need a ticket’ he said.    It is expected that the attendance at Saturday’s game will be in the region of 5,000 people while it’s expected that 25,000 people will be in the town on Sunday for the Connacht finals.