Roscommon selector Ger Dowd is ‘chomping at the bit’ and eager to see Roscommon in championship action on Sunday. He says that he has been so impressed by the positive attitude and the hard work from the Roscommon players in the past three months.
“We have been gearing up for the championship all year really and we all remember the disappointment of last year and what happened against Galway and Clare and I know the players are eager to make amends so we are looking forward to the challenge against Leitrim on Sunday,” he said.
However, Dowd insisted that Roscommon would not take Leitrim lightly: “I was over in London at the game between Leitrim and London and was impressed with them. They are well organised and any team with John O’Mahony associated with them will be well prepared and fit and they have a lot going for them. But we are looking forward to meeting them here in Dr Hyde Park on this magnificent pitch.
“The fact that we are such hot favourites doesn’t really matter that much because we are under pressure to win the game anyway. But that is the kind of pressure that our players will have to cope with because we played in Division One and they played in Division Four so that is to be expected that we should be favourites. Our lads are focused. It is one hurdle at a time and this is one we have to jump on Sunday and that’s it,” he said.
Roscommon will fancy their chances this Sunday and Dowd believes the players are ready.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to get to a Connacht final and that is a huge honour for any player. There are many players who played inter-county football who never got a chance to play in a Connacht final. It is a major sporting event and the players have a chance to be part of that.
“I have been delighted to have been involved with this bunch of players. As you know there is a huge amount of work involved in playing with a county senior team now. You have to travel the length and breadth of the country and it is very difficult for counties like we are in the west to prepare and get ready when you look at the likes of Dublin etc. But we have a great group of over 30 players with us and I can honestly say that they are chomping at the bit to wear the Roscommon jersey in the championship; it means as much to them as it did to any of us who were lucky enough to have played in the past. It is great to see that in this day and age and I can tell you that every single one of the players who start on Sunday and the lads that come on as well, will be giving 100% for the ‘Primrose and Blue’,” he concluded.