Roscommon hurlers face Monaghan in a meaningless match in the Nicky Rackard Cup on Saturday next in Clones (throw-in at 3 pm). The game is meaningless in that Monaghan and Roscommon are both through to the next round but the match is badly needed by Roscommon, according to their manager David McConn. ‘We might both be through but we need this game badly to keep sharp’ David told me. ‘We also need to look at a number of our younger players who we have brought into the panel in recent weeks so we hope to give some of them a try on Saturday at some stage’ he said. Roscommon hammered Fermanagh in their first game while Monaghan scraped by Fermanagh by only three points last weekend so it would be fair to say that Roscommon would be expected to win this game easily. The draw for the knockout stage of the competition will be made on Sunday and the quarter-final will be played the following Saturday night so David McConn is glad of this Saturday’s game. ‘It’s an open draw so we could be playing the best team in the competition the weekend after this so we will have to be ready and sharp and we would hope to win Saturday’s game in Clones. We will know our fate later in the weekend then’ he concluded.