It’s Roscommon’s own SuperMac!

On Sunday, Seanie McDermott will play his 152nd competitive game for Roscommon – and judging by his form in 2016, the veteran Western Gaels defender is improving with every game he plays.

  Seanie will play in his third Connacht senior final on Sunday and he will be looking for his second winner’s medal. He says it was not a shock to him that Galway will be facing Roscommon, and not Mayo.

  “Mayo were fancied to come through but Galway always had good footballers and it was only a matter of time before they put it together and came up with a good display. They went to Castlebar with a game plan and they stuck to it. They were very strong at midfield and in the full-back line and they deserved their win and we are under no illusions as to what we are facing on Sunday. It is going to be a tough Connacht final that is away from home and I think it will be just as hard to beat Galway as Mayo, but we are thrilled to be there.”

  Seanie says that it has been a long year for the Roscommon players but that they are still fresh and ready for the challenge.

  “We have done a lot of work on the training field this year but we had a break after the league and we came back fresh. There is a great appetite there. We had a great league and played some mighty football. We retained our (Division One) status, which was great.

  “In the championship we have played some good football and some poor stuff too. One thing is for certain – we will have to play well for 70 minutes if we want to win this Connacht title.”

  Seanie says that with regard to the team’s progress, 2016 is already a successful year and now Roscommon are ready to take advantage of being in bonus territory.

  “The goals at the start of the year were to stay in the league and to get to the Connacht final. We have done that now. I would say that Fergal and Kevin are thrilled that we have done so well so soon into their tenure. But now we are in this Connacht final we are in bonus territory.

  “If we win we are in the final eight and even if we don’t we are in the final twelve. It is a great opportunity for us as a group.”

  Roscommon don’t have a great record at Pearse Stadium, but that doesn’t bother Seanie Mac.

  “Pearses Stadium is a just a football pitch and this is another game that we want to win, nothing more than that. What went on there before will make no difference on the day at all. We will have to produce the goods on the day and with lads returning to fitness there is a great atmosphere within the group.”

  On Sunday Seanie will play his 152nd competitive game for Roscommon and he wants a second Connacht senior medal.

  “The number of games I have played is only a number. I am still enjoying playing for Roscommon as much as ever. With this great bunch of players and management and with our great supporters behind us, we are well capable of winning this Connacht title,” he concluded.