RAMPANT ROSSIES CRUSH CORK

Allianz National Football League Division One: Roscommon 4-25 Cork 3-10
McStay on stunning win: ‘We won’t get carried away’

Joint team manager Kevin McStay says there is no danger of Roscommon “getting ahead of themselves” following their astonishing 18-point win over Cork on Sunday.

  A delighted McStay said the win sets Roscommon up nicely for the home game against Down this weekend, but added: “We will not be getting ahead of ourselves, I can guarantee you of that. Our management team is strong and anyone who gets carried away will be pulled up. This great display and win today is no good if we cannot go out and beat Down on Sunday.”

  In one of the greatest league displays in the history of Roscommon football, Fergal O’Donnell and Kevin McStay’s men went to Cork last Sunday as the 4/1 outsiders and handed out a football lesson to the Rebel County – and played some wonderful football to do so. Roscommon were full value for their 18-point win and now they are in a great position in Division One with four matches to go. The memory of the opening round loss to Monaghan has been well and truly banished, and wins in Killarney and now in Cork have lifted Roscommon up towards the top of the league table.

   A win against Down on Sunday next would put the Rossies in with a chance of a semi-final place, which would be an astounding achievement. One thing is certain – this Roscommon team is improving with every game and they now look at home in the lofty surroundings of Division One.

  It’s hard to know where to start to describe this incredible game played on a beautiful surface in the spring sunshine at Pairc Ui Rinn.

  Some of the statistics from this game are truly astounding and go some way to explain just how well Roscommon played in this match. They scored 2-13 in the first half, all from play, with 10 different scorers. They scored 4-25, which is a record score in Divison One of the National Football League.  

  In the end there were 12 different scorers and 4-22 came from play. Some of the score-taking was spectacular, as Roscommon ran riot.

  It was a joy to watch and at times it was football of the highest quality. The big Roscommon following who were lucky enough to be there lapped it up and if this rate of improvement is maintained then Roscommon fans can look forward to a very exciting year (and years) ahead.

  On the down side, Roscommon shipped 3-10, which would be enough to win many a game, but in this match that handsome total saw Cork beaten by a whopping 18-point margin. I’m sure that Kevin McStay and Fergal O’Donnell and the Roscommon backroom staff will be taking a look at what the team conceded, but it would be very unfair to pick holes in what was a magnificent day for Roscommon football in the southern Capital.

  Down are next – this Sunday – and if Roscommon were to win that game then relegation would be off the agenda and a semi-final place would then be a legitimate target.

  That’s a little way off yet, but the focus will now turn to the Down match and after this display Roscommon will be going into that game full of confidence.

  To pick out any players for special mention would be unfair on those who took part on Sunday last. Every player played their part but the half-forward line as a unit was fantastic and they contributed 2-13. Some of the Roscommon attacking play was of the highest order and a pleasure to watch.

  Now they must get back down to earth and prepare for what will be a totally different challenge this Sunday.