Joy for Jordan’s juniors as Ryan looks to qualifiers

Minors face Galway next Seamus Duke & Paul Hickey  It was a mixed weekend for Roscommon football teams in championship action. In the Connacht SFC Roscommon suffered a heavy 16-point defeat at the hands of old rivals Galway in Pearse Stadium.    The minor team were defeated on Saturday night in the Connacht Championship with Mayo winning by four points. Roscommon minors still have another chance in the championship as they now have to meet Galway.    It was not all bad news however as Roscommon’s junior footballers beat Leitrim after extra-time to win the Connacht Championship final, played in Pearse Stadium.  Proud   Eire Óg clubman Mick Jordan, manager of the Roscommon junior team, spoke after the game of his pride in his team’s success.  ‘I am very proud to be a Roscommon man after that game, it is great to achieve something like that after the stick that our county has received in recent months,’ he said.  ‘I cannot speak highly enough of this bunch of players. At different stages today we weren’t getting the breaks but the lads stuck at it and scored some wonderful scores at different stages.    ‘I was concerned coming here that we had an awful lot of inexperience in our squad for a Connacht final but thankfully I can say that I was always confident from the throw-in that we were going to win the Connacht Championship today,’ he said. ‘We’ll take stock for a few weeks now and then we’ll get ready for the All-Ireland semi-final against the 12th of July. That game takes place on the 12th of July,’ commented Mr. Jordan, who concluded by thanking his assistants Jim Gaffney (St. Ronan’s) and Ian Daly (Michael Glavey’s) and the senior manager Michael Ryan.