Rossies braced for Royal backlash

Allianz National Football League Division Two: Meath v Roscommon
at Pairc Tailteann, Navan on Sunday at 2 pm

After an excellent start to the campaign last weekend against Cork, Roscommon footballers will travel to Navan this Sunday with confidence high for what looks like another tricky fixture in Division Two.

  Roscommon manager Anthony Cunningham knows what to expect from Andy McEntee’s side.

  Meath is our focus this week. They didn’t come out the right side of their match against Galway in Pearse Stadium but it’s going to be a huge battle up in Navan. They don’t like losing there,” he said.

  “Meath are a fine side. They are very physical, and fight for everything. To travel up to Meath is going to be a bit of an ask for us. We might have a couple of (Pádraig Pearses and St. Faithleach’s) players back pushing for places but they will probably have to fight to get on (the team) now – and that’s good for us. It’s all about playing matches and looking at players and this will be another major test,” he concluded.

  It will be interesting to see what players (if any) will return to the fold this week. Conor Cox may be available as his injury is not serious. With the free weekend coming up after the Meath match, it’s presumed that most of the absentees will be back for the home game against Clare on February 20th.

  The players who performed so well against Cork last Sunday deserve another chance and there aren’t expected to be too many changes to the starting 15 for the match in Navan.

  Meath were very poor against Galway last Sunday but surely Roscommon can expect some sort of a backlash from the Royals in their own backyard.

  Before this league campaign started, the opening two games looked very tough assignments, but with Cork out of the way, two points on Sunday would put Roscommon in an excellent position before the mini-break.

  Were Roscommon really good last Sunday, or were Cork a poor side? We will know more on Sunday. Roscommon’s older players led by example last weekend and if they can do the same this time around Roscommon can continue their 100 per cent start.

Prediction: Roscommon.

Elsewhere in Division Two…

Saturday: Down v Galway in Newry at 5 pm;  Cork v Clare at Pairc Ui Caoimh at 7 pm.

Sunday: Offaly v Derry in Tullamore at 2 pm.