Its the first game of the 2019 Super 8 fixtures as Tyrone travel to play Roscommon with the start time of 5pm, live on Sky Sports.
They meet for the second successive year in the ‘Super 8s’. Tyrone won by 4-24 to 2-12 in Croke Park last year in a game where Tyrone had 13 different scorers, led by Richie Donnelly on 1-4, Peter Harte on 1-3 and Niall Sludden on 1-2. Ciaran Murtagh (1-3), Diarmuid Murtagh (0-5) and Enda Smith (1-0) were Roscommon’s top scorers.
PATHS TO THE QUARTER-FINAL
Roscommon 3-17 Leitrim 0-12
Roscommon 2-12 Mayo 0-17
Roscommon 1-13 Galway 0-12 (Connacht final)
Tyrone 1-19 Derry 1-13
Tyrone 2-23 Antrim 2-9
Donegal 1-16 Tyrone 0-15
Tyrone 2-15 Longford 1-14
Tyrone 2-22 Kildare 1-15
Tyrone 1-20 Cavan 0-7
Conor Cox….……..0-15 (0-6 frees)
Diarmuid Murtagh…..1-6 (0-4 frees)
Darren O’Malley…….0-4 (3:45s’, 1 free)
Cathal McShane…..,2-29 (0-14 frees)
Peter Harte……....….0-25 (0-18 frees)
Darren McCurry…….2-9 (0-1 free)
Michael Cassidy …….1-5
PREVIOUS CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS
2018: Tyrone 4-24 Roscommon 2-12 (All-Ireland quarter-final – Phase 1)
2013: Tyrone 0-12 Roscommon 1-7 (Qualifier Round 2)
2012: Tyrone 1-16 Roscommon 0-8 (Qualifier Round 2)
2011: Tyrone 3-19 Roscommon 1-14 (Qualifier Round 4)
Roscommon lost all three games ‘Super 8‘ games last year to Tyrone, Donegal and Dublin. Tyrone lost the All-Ireland final againsy Dublin.
“Embarrassment is a strong word, but it definitely felt like that,” was Enda Smith’s thinking on the defeats to Tyrone and Dublin in the 2018 Super 8s
“Croke Park is the worst place to be when you get a bad beating. You’re confident going in, but as it gets on in the series things get harder and you don’t get that open space.”
He added: “People may have thought that ’17 was a flash in the pan that we’d gone now for a few years and that they wouldn’t have to worry about us.
Talking about the match, Mickey Harte knows it will be a lot harder against a new Roscommon team.
“So to do it again and back it up this year and I suppose the manner in which we did it being down by five points at half time against Galway – definitely breeds confidence.”
“There have been occasions this year when we have taken our foot off the pedal and allowed teams we were playing to get back into games. They were then able to finish with a more respectable score than we would have liked them to have had,” Micky Harte told the Belfast Telegraph.
“We can’t afford to do that in the Super 8s where the intensity will certainly be upped considerably. We have to be aware of that, and I think it is that idea that if you are in control of a game then you shouldn’t lose that control.
“I think we showed against Cavan that we would keep going right to the end and that’s what we will have to do for as long as we are involved in the current Championship.”
Tyrone are best price 4/9 with Bet365 but Boylesports go 3/10, its Tyrone -3. Roscommon can be backed at 7/2 with Boylesports.
Roscommon (All-Ireland SFC v Tyrone): Darren O’Malley; David Murray, Sean Mullooly, Conor Daly; Niall Daly, Conor Hussey, Ronan Daly; Tadhg O’Rourke, Shane Killoran; Hubert Darcy, Cathal Cregg, Niall Kilroy; Diarmuid Murtagh, Conor Cox, Enda Smith.