Tough start facing minors on Friday

Mayo no minor obstacle!

Connacht MFC (Round 1):
Mayo v Roscommon on Friday evening at MacHale Park, Castlebar at 6.30 pm

Roscommon begin their minor football championship campaign with a difficult away assignment against Mayo this Friday evening.

The championship is played on a ‘round robin’ basis with every team playing four games. The group winners automatically qualify for the final, with their opponents being determined by the second and third placed teams playing one another in a semi-final.

With no Connacht Minor League to go by, it is difficult to assess the form of the teams ahead of the championship. Roscommon will be managed by James Duignan again this year and his selectors are Decie Hoare, Stephen Bohan and Shane Moran.

Strokestown’s Sean McDonnell is Roscommon’s star performer but he has been hit by injury over the past year. Others such as Stephen Tighe, Martin Connaughton, Eoin Collins and Keelan Kelly will be expected to play vital roles for Roscommon on Friday.

Roscommon have to face Mayo and Galway in the opening two games so they will know where they stand after those matches. Mayo have set their sights on winning the Connacht title and are managed by former senior players Tom Reilly and David Heaney, with legend Ciaran McDonald also in the backroom team.

It will be a tall order for Roscommon, but at this level it is very difficult to predict the outcome of these opening round games until we see the teams in action, and a win by the visitors is certainly a possibility.

*Note change of venue from Ballina