King and Moffatt Roscommon JAFC Final Replay:
St. Ronan’s v Pádraig Pearses on Sunday in Strokestown at 2pm
After a thrilling drawn match last weekend, these two clubs go into battle again this coming Sunday and if there is half the drama in this encounter as we saw in Dr. Hyde Park last weekend, it will be well worth seeing.
Having gone in to the drawn match as the firm favourites, Pádraig Pearses now know that unless they are prepared to battle just as hard as St. Ronan’s they will return home disappointed on Sunday evening. From a Ronan’s point of view, they gave everything they had last Saturday and will be disappointed that they didn’t close out the win when they were five points up in extra-time.
But Pearses scored two great goals – from ‘supersub’ Seanie Fahy and an Eoin McManus penalty – and in the end it was Ronan’s who had to scramble a draw with two late frees.
Ronan’s will once again be looking to Ray Gallagher, Tadgh Guihan, Jason Glynn, Thomas McManus, Alan Benson, Mark Healy and John Keaveney all of whom were outstanding in the drawn match.
Daniel Glynn was superb for Pearses last time and Conor Ryan, Shane Mulvey, Thomas Richardson and veteran Seanie Fahy will once again have major roles to play.
Ronan’s will bring a massive crowd to the replay and it should make for a mighty atmosphere. If they show the same never say die attitude again they will be hard to beat. But it is impossible to ignore Pearses’ youth and the quality of their extended panel and they get a hesitant nod.
Prediction: Padraig Pearses.