Roscommon minors face stern Sligo examination

Connacht MFC Quarter-Final: Roscommon v Sligo on Saturday at Markievicz Park at 7pm

Roscommon’s minor footballers face a very tough game when they travel to Sligo to face a very formidable home side in the Connacht championship on Saturday evening next. Incredibly, the winners of this game face a four-day turnaround as the semi-final against Galway is fixed for the following Wednesday evening.

  The Roscommon manager is Kieran Kilkenny and he says that although the team have done a huge amount of work for the game, the Leaving Cert is always a factor in the run-up to minor games at this time of the year.

  “The Leaving Cert is always a major factor but we have done a lot of hard work earlier in the year, so hopefully that will stand to us. It’s the same for Sligo I suppose, but we had 15 of our panel doing the Leaving, which is a lot. With regard to injuries, David McManus, our vice-captain is out with a knee injury and Joe Carroll is also out, with an ankle injury.”

  Kieran says that Roscommon will be facing a very strong Sligo outfit on Saturday.

  “Sligo are the strong favourites. They had two schools in the Connacht Colleges ‘A’ final and they have a lot of excellent players, however, we are happy with the way we have prepared and if we can get a performance out of our lads and play like we are capable of we can win it.

  “Our players have put in a huge effort and their commitment to the cause has been exemplary. We are looking forward to the game and hopefully we can edge it in the end,” he concluded.

  Roscommon were defeated by Sligo in the Connacht MFC last year and in the Connacht Minor League this year Roscommon beat Sligo (who went on to win the league), but that latter result will have no bearing on what happens on Saturday.

  Roscommon will be looking to the likes of Cian McKeon, Brian Derwin, Conor Shanagher, Aidan Dowd, Matthew Bourke and Michael McGloin to lead from the front. Roscommon look sharp up front and if the forwards can get enough ball they can do damage to the home defence.

  There is no doubt that this is a very difficult fixture for Roscommon but it is one that they can win if they play to their potential. The home side will be expecting to win through but Roscommon could surprise them.

Prediction: Roscommon.