Electric Ireland Connacht Minor Football Championship (Round One)
Galway v Roscommon at Tuam Stadium on Friday at 7 pm
Roscommon’s minor footballers begin their championship journey in Tuam on Friday evening when they face Galway. This year’s competition is a round robin format with every team playing each other and the top team going straight to the final and the second and third teams meeting in a semi-final.
Roscommon manager this year is James Duignan and he says that with so many games coming up in such a short period, a strong panel is vital if the team hopes to progress.
“We have prepared well over the past few weeks but it has been a busy period with schools matches and we also allowed the lads to play three rounds of games with their clubs. We have 34 players on the panel and we will need a big panel because we have four games in five weeks and we will need players to be able to come in and do a job,” he said.
James says that to have to play Galway away in the first game will be a baptism of fire for his team.
“We will be up against it in Tuam because Galway are always good in the championship regardless of what year it is but we are ready for the challenge,” he added.
James is joined on the Roscommon management team by Garry Sammon, Stephen Bohan, Fintan Cregg, Pat Regan and Robbie Glennon.
“We have been together for the past 12 weeks or so. It’s a pity there wasn’t a Connacht Minor League so we have had to concentrate on training sessions and challenges. We have a good squad put together but we won’t really know how we are progressing until the action gets underway,” he concluded.
The competition will be intense over the next five weeks and the format will give all counties a chance to play a minimum of four championship games. Roscommon will be expecting to at least make it into the top three by the time the round robin section is over.
Next week Roscommon face Mayo in Dr. Hyde Park, then it’s Leitrim away followed by Sligo at home in their final game.