Roscommon minors chase?historic two-in-a-row

Sunday’s Connacht  Minor Football Championship Final is one of the most eagerly-awaited in years and it pits together Galway who were the pre-championship favourites and Roscommon who surprised everyone except themselves by beating a fancied Mayo side with something to spare in the semi-final two weeks ago.   Galway were less than impressive against Sligo  in the semi-final but they will improve for the final and they beat Roscommon easily in the Connacht minor league. They are managed by Alan Mulholland who won an All-Ireland minor medal himself with Galway in 1986.   There are high hopes in Galway that they can go far in the championship this year and they possess some excellent players, particularly up front. Indeed the outcome of this match will be decided in the fascinating clash between the Roscommon defence – who played so well against Mayo – and the lively Galway attack.   If the Roscommon defence can show the tenacity that they showed against Mayo then they will be in with a great chance of creating history and winning their second title in a row for the first time in the history of the Connacht minor championship.   Roscommon have the forwards to get the match-winning scores and playing in Hyde Park should also be a help to them.   Galway will provide a massive challenge for  Roscommon but the performance against Mayo has given a real lift to the Roscommon team as they prepare for the final and a very close contest is in prospect.   Fergal O’Donnell and his management team have proven past-masters at preparing a team with a specific game plan to win important games over the past two years. They are unbeaten in nine championship games, which is a phenomenal record. Why should we doubt him and his players now? A historic day in prospect. Prediction: Roscommon to win narrowly.