Roscommon and Galway will look horns on Sunday afternoon at 4pm in Dr Hyde Park in the Connacht Senior Football Final.
The game is been shown live on RTE television, while we will also be bringing live updates of the scores on our live tracker on livescores.sportsnewsireland.com.
Looking at the game Roscommon are the current kingpins in Connacht having won the title in 2017 beating the same opposition here that stands in their way of doing a double. It will be the third meeting of the sides in a Connacht Final in a row. Looking at the players on each side and firstly to Roscommon, Kevin McStay will look to Niall Kilroy, Enda Smith and Ciaran Murtagh in attack, while in defence much will rely on the steadiness of full back Peter Domican who faces a difficult assignment against the in form Damian Comer of Galway who is expected to line out at full forward.
Galway come into the game on the back of beating Mayo and easily dispatching Sligo at Salthill. They registered 4-24 in that game against Sligo which would have impressed Kevin Walsh. Once again much will rely on Shane Walsh and Damian Comer in attack, while leadership in defence from Gary O’Donnell and Gareth Bradshaw will be needed once more.
The teams will meet for the third successive year in the Connacht Final. with Roscommon winning in 2017 and Galway winning in 2016 after a replay. Roscommon gained promotion for Division 2 and won the National League title beating Cavan, while Galway lost out to Dublin in the Division 1 league final.
LAST THREE CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS
2017 Connacht final Galway 0-12 Roscommon 2-15
2016 Connacht final replay Roscommon 0-14 Galway 3-16
2016 Connacht finalGalway 0-13 Roscommon 1-10
Galway are yet to name their team, however, it will be named on Friday and posted here. Roscommon have already announced their starting 15 ahead of the game.
Galway : 1.Rory Lavelle; 2. Declan Kyne, 3. Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh, 4. David Wynee; 5. Cathal Sweeney, 6. Gareth Bradshaw, 7. Sean Kelly; 8. Paul Conroy, 9. Thomas Flynn; 10. Eamon Brannigan, 11. Shane Walsh, 12. Johnny Heaney; 13. Ian Burke, 14. Damien Comer, 15. Barry McHugh
Roscommon : 1. Colm Lavin (Éire Óg), 2. David Murray (Padraig Pearses), 3. Peter Domican (St Brigid’s), 4. Niall McInerney (St Brigid’s), 5. John McManus (Roscommon Gaels), 6. Fintan Cregg (Elphin), 7. Brian Stack (St Brigid’s), 8. Cathal Compton (Strokestown), 9. Tadgh O Rourke (Tulsk), 10. Ciarain Murtagh (St Faithleach’s), 11. Enda Smith (Boyle), 12. Conor Devaney (Kilbride – captain), 13. Donie Smith (Boyle), 14. Diarmuid Murtagh (St Faithleach’s), 15. Niall Kilroy (Fuerty)
Galway are 4/9 to win their second title in the space of three years, while Roscommon are 5/2 outsiders to cause an upset and retain the Nestor Cup. The draw is 8/1 and once again that can’t be ruled out going on the basis of the past few games between the sides been close. I fancy Galway to shade by 3 or 4 points and would back Damian Comer to get man of the match as he is in fine form. At 11/2 he is worth a few quid.