Purcell back for Leitrim encounter

Joint Roscommon manager, Fergal O’Donnell, has said Sunday’s game against Leitrim is an opportunity to move on from the close shave in New York.

             He also provided an injury update ahead of the Connacht Championship quarter-final with news that Seanie Purcell is set for a return.

  “We are back training hard and we are looking forward to the game in Carrick. We are still affected by injuries to the likes of Cian Connolly, Cathal Compton, Enda Smith, Ultan Harney and Ian Kilbride, but Seanie Purcell is back. Davy Murray didn’t start against New York and he is back fully fit too. We will have plenty of talent at our disposal for the challenge of Leitrim.

  “Look, the New York game was a major disappointment, as we all know. We were six points up with 10 minutes left and two points up with 70 minutes gone and that has all been well talked about since, but remember we won the game and it wasn’t that we were lucky or anything like that.

            “It was a close shave and we have to move on and I think that we have. It was a bad display and that’s that. Sunday is a new day.

  “This is a huge game and our sole focus now. It is a clash of old rivals in front of a big crowd in Carrick and it would be a great place for Roscommon to put the New York display behind us and to go out and give a good performance.

  “League status counts for nothing in the Connacht Championship. I was on Roscommon teams beaten by Leitrim in the past and remember when we won the Connacht Championship in 2010 we were relegated to Division Four that year so the league is irrelevant in the championship, to be honest.

  “Leitrim have some excellent players and in some cases they are more experienced than our lads, but we are going to Carrick for a local derby that will be a battle. There will be no complacency on our behalf whatsoever.

  “We know that Leitrim will be targeting this game for a win but we are focused solely on playing
Leitrim and winning the game. We know it won’t be easy, but we are going to Carrick for a win. A one-
point win will do us. If we produce a good performance we are well capable of winning, but it will be tough.”