Young hurlers looking for final push

U-21 Hurling ‘B’ Championship preview – All-Ireland U-21 Hurling ‘B’ Championship Semi-Final: Roscommon v Mayo on Saturday in MacHale Park at 2 pm

Roscommon will go into this weekend’s semi-final as the underdogs as Mayo have been very impressive at this level so far this year.

  Mayo defeated the highly rated Kildare 0-8 to 0-6 in the quarter-finals. Eight points may seem like a low-scoring return, but beating Kildare at this level is no mean feat. If Mayo reproduce the same high-octane performance this time out, Roscommon will need to be at their very best to match them.

  Roscommon, meanwhile, were impressive as they beat Armagh on a scoreline of 4-11 to 1-9 in the quarter-final. The second half blitz of the Ulster side last time out – they outscored the Orchard County 1-8 to 0-2 – will give them plenty of confidence going into this semi-final.

  Roscommon have plenty of talented young hurlers including Warren Boyle, Jason Martin, Conor Mulry, James Fitzmaurice, Daniel Glynn and Dylan Keaveney to mention just a few, so they travel to MacHale Park on Saturday without fear.

  This will be a tough game for Roscommon against a talented and hard-working Mayo side but there is a huge prize on offer for the winners: a place in the final and a chance to lift the Richie McElligott Cup on September 10th, and Roscommon have what it takes to upset the odds.

Prediction: Roscommon