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League Round 2 Roscommon v NUIG On Sunday at Ballyforan at 2 pm

Roscommon are sure to be in experimental mode when they face NUIG at Ballyforan on Sunday as Kevin McStay and Fergal O’Donnell and his selectors search for a winning combination ahead of a season in Division One of the National Football League.

  Last week against admittedly very weak opposition Cathal Cregg was played at centre half-back and it will be interesting to see if they continue with that experiment. It worked well last Sunday.

  Short several players through injury, and with several more playing with the college teams there is a limit on the number of things that can be tried but players like Scottie Oates, Kieran Kilcline, Cian Connolly, Cathal McHugh and Gary Patterson are getting their chance to impress.

  NUIG should prove a far sterner test for Roscommon. They played a largely experimental Mayo side in Castlebar last Sunday and went down by only two points (1-12 to 1-10). They have John McManus and Davy Murray in their ranks and hopefully they will provide Roscommon with more of a test than they faced last Sunday from Sligo IT.

  With the start of the National League campaign just three weeks away Roscommon will be hoping to further develop their style of play which has seen the ball being moved quickly from defence to attack and supporters will be very interested to see what combination of players are used this weekend.

  It should be an interesting tussle and the result will be largely unimportant. It’s the performance that matters at this early stage of the season. But Roscommon should be good enough. Prediction: Roscommon.