Tribesmen to face Rossie Roar!

Home comforts boost final promotion push

Allianz NFL Division Two: Roscommon v Galway at Dr. Hyde Park on Sunday at 2pm

It didn’t take a genius to work out that looking at the Division Two fixtures before the season began, that it was likely that the final round game between Roscommon and Galway would prove crucial, and so it has come to pass.

  After all the talk and all the action it’s now down to this one game. Put simply, if Roscommon win this game they will once again be promoted to the top tier of Gaelic football.

  The Tribesmen haven’t put a foot wrong this campaign, they have won six games out of six and are already promoted with a game to spare.

  The big questions are what Galway’s attitude to this game will be and what sort of team will they field?

  From a Roscommon point of view, the cards have fallen kindly and they will go into this decider brimming with confidence following last Sunday’s win over Offaly. Whether or not Galway field a strong side, Anthony Cunningham’s men will be going out all guns blazing.

  The visitors look set to be without Damien Comer, who went off injured against Derry while Shane Walsh is still recovering from injury. Another key player, Paul Conroy, will also be missing following his red card last Sunday.

  While Galway still have an abundance of talent, it would be a surprise if manager Padraic Joyce did not revert to a somewhat experimental side this Sunday with promotion already secured.

  The Rossies, for their part, were excellent against Offaly last Sunday, particularly in the first half. There was plenty of attacking intent and the likes of Brian Stack, Richard Hughes, and Ronan Daly added real pace to the play.

  Ultan Harney and Eddie Nolan continue to impress at midfield also and there is now real depth to the Roscommon squad.

  While Offaly are the weakest team Roscommon have met during this campaign, Cunningham’s charges were in total control throughout and ran out easy winners.

  With Galway already promoted and wary of showing their hand so close to their championship clash with Mayo, it’s unlikely they’ll be at full tilt this Sunday.

  Roscommon, on the other hand, need to win to guarantee promotion back to Division One. With a big home crowd roaring them on and the added prospect of a Croke Park final against the same opposition a week later, a return to the top table now looks a very real prospect!

Prediction: Roscommon.

Note: If Derry were to beat Meath in their final game and Galway were to beat Roscommon then Derry would be promoted. However, a draw or a win would see Roscommon promoted as Roscommon have a superior scoring difference.