Rossies have it all to do now – Seamus Duke Column

So after all the big build-up, a costly mistake in injury-time cost Roscommon at least a draw in our opening league game in Kiltoom last Sunday – and no matter how you dress it up we are going to face a huge task to stay in this division now.

  Last Sunday the effort and application from the Roscommon players was top drawer and they are clearly very fit. But when you turn over the ball as many times as Roscommon did on Sunday then you are going to get punished and despite some heroic defending we lost it in injury-time.  

  I have to say I was very impressed with Monaghan. They are a very experienced outfit and any team that’s good enough to win the Ulster Championship have something really classy about them and they never panicked on Sunday, even when Roscommon looked like holding out for at least a draw. But I am of the opinion that Roscommon have a chance in Killarney on Sunday next if they show the same appetite for hard work we saw in Kiltoom.

  I saw Kerry play Dublin last weekend and while Dublin were awesome on the night, maybe there are a few chinks in the Kerry armour.

  It is certain that Kerry will be smarting after that defeat and it would be an absolutely massive upset for Roscommon to come back from the Kingdom with something, but it is not impossible. If the players show the same attitude that we saw in Kiltoom last Sunday then no one will beat them easily in this league.

  On Sunday last there was a massive effort but as Kevin McStay alluded to afterwards we turned over the ball too many times and if you do that at this level you will get punished. I also thought that some of our players didn’t perform to their ability on Sunday last. I realise the conditions were poor but if all 15 Roscommon players are flat out on Sunday next you never know what might happen.

  I know that there is a lot of football to be played yet but after the first weekend of action, Cork, Dublin and Donegal look the form teams and we will have a job to get anything out of those three games. Down look very beatable while Mayo and Kerry could be vulnerable. We will know more on Sunday next.

  Overall there was some great fare on offer last weekend and the game in Kiltoom was a very exciting one, despite the conditions.

  Dublin looked fantastic and they look by far the best team around at the moment.