Christy Ring Cup Round Two : Roscommon v London on Saturday at Dr. Hyde Park at 6 pm
Roscommon hurlers face the last chance saloon in the Christy Ring Cup when they play London at Dr. Hyde Park on Saturday evening. It is the first time in a number of years that Roscommon hurlers have played at the venue but the magnificent new pitch will be eminently suitable for a game of this status and the hope will be that Roscommon will be able to make home venue count.
Roscommon manager, Johnny Kelly, says that his side are playing well but have been out of luck in recent games.
“We played very well last Saturday against Down but we missed at least five clear goal chances and if we only got half of them we could have won the game. We have to take those chances and if we do that we will have big shout in any game” he said.
“I told the players after the game that they played really well and I am very happy with their performances and they are putting in a huge effort. We are still without Cathal Kenny and Jason Kilkenny who are injured and it is a pity that we are short so many players who didn’t commit to the panel this year but the lads who are there have put in a mighty effort and it would be great to have a change of luck on Saturday.
“London will pose a serious challenge. They have some players that I would know well who are ex-Galway club players and who are very good hurlers so they will be a tough nut to crack. They were just pipped by a good Wicklow side last weekend by a point so we will be up against it.
“But it’s great to have a home game and it is great to be playing on the new pitch at Dr. Hyde Park. It is good to see the Roscommon hurlers get a big of recognition and hopefully we can win it on the evening,” he said.
With the team playing for the first time in many years at Dr. Hyde Park, it would be nice to see a championship win and if Roscommon get that bit of luck required when it comes to the big games, they can progress to the next round. Let’s hope there is a big crowd to support them.