The Fr. Manning Cup has got a reprieve! Following our exclusive story in last week’s Roscommon People and after an intensive lobbying campaign from several counties and officials, the competition will after all be played this year – with the six teams dividing into two groups of three, i.e. a Connacht section and a Leinster section. The Connacht section will consist of Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim while the Leinster section will feature Longford, Westmeath and Offaly. The two top teams from each group will contest the semi-finals and the competition structure will be reviewed at the end of the year and it is likely that there will only be four teams in the competition in 2008. Speaking to the Roscommon People on Tuesday the Chairperson of the Roscommon GAA Minor Board Mr. Brendan Cregg said that he was delighted that the competition was back on the fixture list. ‘We did a lot of lobbying here in Roscommon and there was a lot of hard work done in the background. We are thrilled that the competition is back on the agenda and we look forward to competing in it. It’s all about the young players and looking after them. Sense has prevailed and we are thrilled.’ The fixture list for the competition will be finalised in the next few days, but the reprieve is good news for Roscommon underage football in general and for Gary Wynne and his U-16 team in particular.