Joyce talks up ‘potent’ Rossies

Galway manager Padraic Joyce says he’s expecting an “ultra-competitive” Connacht final against a Roscommon team notable for its “potent” attack.

“We’re ready for action in this final but we know it’s going to be tough. They’ve beaten us twice already this year. We won the two games we played last year. So, there’s nothing between the two teams” Joyce said. He was speaking after his Galway team defeated Leitrim in last Sunday’s second Connacht SFC semi-final.

“Roscommon are playing a much better brand of football than they used to over the years. They’re minding the ball really well, they’ve got really potent inside forwards. That’s something we have to nullify ourselves and (also) get scores at the far end. It’s going to be a fascinating game and it’s a challenge we’re looking forward to”.

As expected, Roscommon will face Galway in the Connacht SFC final in Pearse Stadium on Sunday, May 29th (with a 1.45 pm throw-in time). Galway easily overcame Leitrim last Sunday in Salthill, when the hot favourites had a whopping 23 points to spare in a 4-20 to 0-9 win.

Leitrim were competitive for most of the first half but Galway pulled away before half-time to lead by 0-12 to 0-7 at the break. In the second half, Andy Moran’s men had no answer to the Tribesmen as they rattled in four goals, all from substitutes. Padraig Kelly (2), Niall Daly and Owen Gallagher found the net as Padraic Joyce’s men secured their place in the decider.

Roscommon and Galway have met twice already this year (in the league) with Roscommon winning both games. The sides met in four Connacht finals in a row from 2016, with both counties winning two. So it’s certainly been an intense rivalry in recent years.

Tickets for the final will go on sale later this week from the usual outlets.