McDermott and Cox return to face Cork

Seamus Duke  The Roscommon team to play Cork in Sunday’s fascinating National Football League game in Kiltoom (throw-in at 2.30 pm) shows two changes from the team that started against Meath at the same venue two weeks ago.   Team captain Seanie McDermott returns to the team after injury and he will line out in the half-back line in place of Stuart Daly, who is injured. The other change sees the experienced Gary Cox coming back into the half-forward line to replace Conor Devanney, who drops down to the bench.   The experiment of playing U-21 stars David O’Gara and Enda Kenny in the half-back line continues after the very good performance against Meath. St. Brigids’ duo Mark O’Carroll and Karol Mannion continue at midfield while Frankie Dolan will again lead the attack at centre half-forward.   Cork will not pick their team until tonight (Thursday) but they will be without their two Nemo Rangers stars, James Masters and Derek Kavanagh, who are rested ahead of the All-Ireland club final.   Despite those absentees Cork are expected to name a very strong team for their first competitive game since the strike. Well-known experienced players like Graham Canty, Anthony Lynch, Ger Spillane, Nicholas Murphy, John Miskella and Donnacha O’Connor will all feature on a Cork side that will be managed by former star centre half-back Conor Counihan.   This is a game that Cork will be expecting to win as they start in the competition with zero points following the two games they missed so they will have to win at least three of their five upcoming games to be certain of avoiding relegation.