Minor footballers face All-Ireland champions

Seamus Duke  It’s a very busy weekend in sport in Roscommon with the senior hurlers and the minor footballers in championship action on Saturday in the Christy Ring Cup and ESB Connacht MFC respectively.   Roscommon hurlers face a mammoth task as they play Westmeath in Cusack Park, Mullingar (throw-in at 3.30 pm). Westmeath are viewed as being the hot favourites to win the Christy Ring Cup again this summer. The Lake County have won the competition twice in the past three years.   Roscommon are short a number of well-known names from their panel for various reasons and they will be hoping to put up a good display in Mullingar on Saturday. The key game for Roscommon will come next weekend when they take on Wicklow in Athleague. Two teams will emerge from that group of three to contest the play-off stages. We have an interview with David McConn and a preview on the game in People Sport.   In Tuam on Saturday night Roscommon’s minor football team will face Galway in the ESB Connaught semi-final (throw-in at 7 pm). Gary Wynne and his selectors have injury worries to key players Shane Regan and Darragh Lennon. Achieving a win will be a tall order because Galway are the defending All-Ireland champions and they have seven of the players who were on last year’s winning team. In this weekend’s People Sport we have a preview of the big game and a comprehensive interview with the Roscommon team manager Gary Wynne.   The draw for the first round of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers will take place on Sunday on TV3 at 6 pm and Roscommon will be taking their place alongside 15 other counties. The draw is out of a hat with the first team out the home team. The games will be played on Saturday 19th July.