‘Rossies ready for battle!’


Roscommon selector Ger Dowd told the Roscommon People on Tuesday that there are no injuries to any Roscommon player following the drawn game against Mayo last Sunday. He also says that the mood among the players is very positive and the feeling among the management and players is that there is much to improve on ahead of the replay on Monday.

  “Last Sunday was some occasion and we were delighted with the way the players applied themselves and with their workrate throughout. But we know that we can play a lot better and we have plenty to work on this week ahead of the replay,” he said.

  “Looking back at the match last Sunday we had an ocean of possession in the first 20 minutes yet we only ended up with 2-2, which was not a great return. We made a lot of mistakes and were not as accurate as we were hoping (to be). We also made a lot of mistakes in the final ten minutes and those are errors that we hope to eliminate for the replay.

  “However, some of our play was excellent too. Take Niall McInerney, there wasn’t much about him after the game but he held Cillian O’Connor to one point from play, which is a phenomenal achievement. Niall had a brilliant game and there were plenty more who did too. A lot of people were commenting on Cillian’s misses but he was being put under pressure on those shots and that’s never mentioned.

  “It was a fantastic experience for the players and now that they know that they can cope with Croke Park and the big occasion they can kick on this Monday. There was a massive Rossie support last Sunday and we hope that they are there again on Monday. I’m sure they will be.

  “We are training on Wednesday and Saturday this week and I reckon it will be Saturday before we pick a team. It is fantastic to be still involved and when we line out on Monday there will only be five teams left in the competition which is a great place to be in.

  “The mood in the camp is really positive and I think if we can correct some of the mistakes we made last Sunday and tighten up a bit all over the field we can sneak a win. It won’t be easy but we know that and are prepared for a battle again,” he concluded.