Allianz National Football League Division Two Final:
Roscommon v Galway in Croke Park on Sunday at 1.45 pm
With promotion safely secured, these two old rivals clash again at headquarters on Sunday with nothing at stake except the honour of being called Division Two champions and to win silverware in Croke Park.
Similar to last Sunday’s game at Dr. Hyde Park, it will be interesting to see what attitude Galway take to this match. Their monumental championship clash with Mayo is now only three weeks away and the question is will Padraic Joyce and his management team want to show their hand ahead of that big game?
If that is the case then it can be presumed that we will not be seeing Damien Comer or Shane Walsh and he will be tempted to leave Rob Finnerty and a few others on the bench too.
However, Joyce might look on this clash as a perfect way to prepare for Mayo by putting out his strongest team. We will only know when we see the team line ups.
From a Roscommon point of view, this is a great game to have after a very satisfactory league campaign. There has been a definite change of style for Roscommon this year and their powerful running game and slick passing with the foot and hand has been very effective and a joy to watch at times.
The wide open spaces of Croke Park should suit Roscommon and the likes of Richard Hughes, Ronan Daly, Cathal Heneghan, Cian McKeon, Enda Smith, Ultan Harney and Eddie Nolan should thrive in that environment.
But similarly to Galway, it will be interesting to see if Anthony Cunningham and his selectors are tempted to give more game time to the likes of Keith Doyle, Shane Cunnane, Ciaran Sugrue and Dylan Ruane.
If Conroy returns to the Galway team after his suspension then the Tribesmen will have to choose between him, Matthew Tierney and Niall Daly at midfield. Daly had a sensational debut in Hyde Park last Sunday kicking five points from play. The midfield clash with Ultan Harney and Eddie Nolan could decide the issue.
It’s a chance for Roscommon supporters to see their side playing in a final in Croke Park, and with Mayo and Kerry in the Division One final to follow, it’s a very attractive programme.
There won’t be much between the teams and Galway will not want to lose to Roscommon two weeks in a row but they have much more on their minds as they look ahead to that clash with Mayo.
It’s a ‘free hit’ for Roscommon and they can edge it by a point or two.