I took in the games in Frenchpark and Boyle at weekend and I agree, Western Gaels are in trouble yet again. Only so many times they can circle the drain and survive. Faithleachs fully deserved to win but WG will have huge regrets, 13 wides is far too many in any game! The goal right at the death probably made it look more comfortable than it was for Faithleachs. I thought Cian Glennon was excellent.
Having watched Boyle yesterday it's very hard to see where they go from here. I could see Faithleachs getting the better of them aswell and then it's a straight shoot out on the last day with WG for survival, assuming Ros Gaels beat WG. Boyle looked miles off the pace. Enda played at 6 in first half, I thought it was a strange move as he had zero influence on the game and 6 goals were conceded in first half. Second half was improved but in reality the game was done at half time so couldn't read too much into that. Ros Gaels do look to be moving well, following their league win aswell. They will be a tough opposition for any team later in Championship.
D.Hyde (Roscommon) - Posts: 127 - 06/08/2023 19:31:36
An interesting opening round weekend and sets things up nicely for round 2. Thankfully the weather improved on the Friday night matches.
Clann and Roscommon Gaels grabbed the headlines this weekend by beating last years county finalists comfortably though it also highlighted that Boyle down on few first choice defenders and Strokestown with their first choice midfield pairing and Mullooly in London do not have the strength in depth to cover such losses.
Roscommon Gaels Peter Gillooly 3-2 scored and set up another 1-2 the clear MOTM was on the senior panel for the FBD this year and should be looked at again next year. Senan Lambe impressive also as was a few of their other teens, they are getting a similar impact from them as Strokestown did last year with Neary and McGinley.
Ciaran Lennon 1-4, Fearghus Lennon 1-2,Sea Henry 1-2 did the bulk of the Clann scoring.
Oran with 4 points to spare over Tulsk but are light on midfield and defensive options due to injury and lads gone traveling it will likely be another quarter final exit at best for them again,
Brigids grinded out the result in a match they kicked as many wides as scores, a possible rematch down the road? Ronan Daly came on 2nd half for Pearses but I think he's only back short term.
Early days yet but I'm think we could get a last four of Brigids,Clann,Pearses and Ros Gaels.
Relegation shootout between Glaveys,Tulsk and W Gaels
In the intermediate
Good win for Castlerea, Creggs down on some important players and unless Darren Gately just back from a serious injury clicks they'll struggle for scores
Shannon Gaels got the bragging rights over Kilmore while Croans had a straight forward win against Kilbride.
Fuerty laid down a marker with a 18 point win and Niall Kilroy their top scorer with 1-7 great servant for club and county down the years and that includes hurling also.
Elphin won the game in the last 10 minutes against Pearses, Shane Killoran the late introduction of Fintan Cregg proved the difference.
Eire Og eased past Brigids B a side they were lucky to beat last year but it's a strong pick Eire Og have this year and will be looking to challenge for the county title again.
Possible last 4 Fuerty,Eire Og,Elphin and Castlerea
Relegation one of Kilmore,Creggs and Aidans to fall through the trap.
St Michael's have brought their league form into the championship against a Ballinameen side that has fallen back a got bit from where they were a few years ago.
Decent draw for Doms B against Ronans
Good weekend for Clann with their B team easing to victory over Western Gaels. And Kilglass had a good win against Roscommon Gaels.
Nothing against the B teams but I'd like to see one of Kilglass,Michael's or Ronans winning this county title this year.
The_analyser (Roscommon) - Posts: 3701 - 06/08/2023 20:28:37
Clann were very impressive against strokestown. They looked alot fitter than Strokestown. First half was quite even and Strokestown could have led at half time only for two fine saves from the clann keeper. Clann dominated the second half and were deserving winners. Best for Clann were Paddy Gavin in defense, Ciaran Lennon, Sea Henry and Fergus Lennon up front. Between players missing and injuries Strokestown may find themselves in a relegation battle.. Best for strokestown was Lavin in defense and up top Compton.
rossno1 (Roscommon) - Posts: 294 - 07/08/2023 11:45:34
Ya that was his job for Roscommon and did it brilliantly but we will want more from him next year and his shooting is one thing he needs to improve
dave1988 (Roscommon) - Posts: 1007 - 07/08/2023 18:55:05
He'll be stronger next year and he should improve in all aspects of his game. It was Ben O'Carroll who was turned over for Dublin's goal against Roscommon in the draw in Croke Park. The U20s from 2021 will be a year older and more mature and developed. I feel next year is a big year for Roscommon and Davy Burke. This year promised much but ultimately delivered the same as last year- out of the championship at last 12 stage. We need to be making the quarter finals at least.
endgame (Roscommon) - Posts: 2129 - 07/08/2023 20:44:56
Excellent interview by Kevin Egan with goalkeeper Conor Carroll in this weeks Roscommon Herald. He is showing serious commitment to the cause which indicates that he is a very driven individual. I like his genuine attitude to continuous improvement and getting the best out of himself and his team. Hopefully it will pay off for himself and the Rossies next year. Good to hear that Ultan Harney is playing well in Chicago and keeping himself fit and injury free. Hopefully he will come home mad for action!!! Sad to hear that Gerry McGowan has left the Roscommon county camp. Don't know if it was his own decision, mutual agreement or Davy's. Interesting to see who his replacement might be. Will Gerry reappear in the Sligo camp? He certainly knows a thing or two about Roscommon football at this stage.
Early days yet after round 1 in the county championship. Good to see that players like Peter Gillooly & Senan Lamb (Roscommon Gaels), Ciaran Lawless (Oran), David Rooney (St. Faithleachs), Adam McDermott (Castlerea) and others are putting their hands up after round 1. Will any of this years under 20's be considered for the 2024 senior county panel, or will they have to wait until their own competition is over?
letsgetgoing (Roscommon) - Posts: 439 - 10/08/2023 20:49:33
Would add Ethan O Reilly to that from a Gaels perspective. Only his second game in the last year and you'd never have guessed. Strolled it
jimmy11 (Roscommon) - Posts: 15 - 11/08/2023 19:04:13
Group stage of the U20 championship finished up to tonight and from it we have semi finals of Pearses v Clann and Brigids v Roscommon Gaels (could well be repeat of that for the senior semi finals)
Pearses the defending champions and very much the team to stop.
Div 2 last four is Doms,Glaveys/Eire Og,Kilbride and Oran.Croans. Should be a Doms v Glaveys/Eire Og final and would be a real 50/50 game.
Div 3 Western Gaels,Aidans,Faithleachs and St Ciarans. Expected final will be Ciarans v Western Gaels and should be another competitive final.
The_analyser (Roscommon) - Posts: 3701 - 11/08/2023 21:34:12
Very well done to the fixtures committee and the county board for trying to run off the under 20 championship before we get into the end of the senior championship. Most of these guys will also be returing to 3rd level studies in September and will have to find the time to study and do continuous assessments. Travelling home at weekends to play under 20 fixtures in Sept - Dec would not be in their best interests. Well done again.
letsgetgoing (Roscommon) - Posts: 439 - 12/08/2023 10:52:01
Big week ahead in the Senior Championship. Group B you imagine will be settled with victories for Pearses and St. Brigits over Michael Glaveys and St. Dominics. Can't see either of these teams having the quality to take points off Brigits and Pearses.
Similar story in Group C with Strokestown needing a victory over Oran to stay in the hunt for a quarter final spot. Clan should have a straight forward win to book a quarter final spot. One of the games of the weekend will be Oran and Strokestown, meaning if the reigning county champions lose they will have a straight shoot out with Tulsk in 2 weeks time to see who is in the mix for relegation. They will need big performances from their experienced players (Compton, Neary, McGann) while Oran will look to Lawless and co. to trouble Strokestowns defence.
Group A is interesting this weekend. Boyle and St. Faithleachs in Ballyleague should be a cracker. Boyle have to get the win to stay in contention for a quarter final place. They were extremely poor defensively last weekend but will hope Cregg and Donie Smith can be more involved against Faithleachs. the Murtagh brothers, Cian Glennon and David Rooney will look to make hay on the pressure on Boyle, all were impressive the last day out. Roscommon Gaels should have too much for Western Gaels, which will condemn them to another relegation battle. A win will guarantee Ros Gaels a quarter final spot so I expect big performances from Peter Gilloly, Senan Lambe and Cian Connolly.
An intriguing weekend ahead!!
Rossfan93 (Roscommon) - Posts: 16 - 14/08/2023 09:18:31
With only 2 per group going through its virtual knock out for some already this coming weekend.
Last year's Finalists could both be gone!
Seanfanbocht (Roscommon) - Posts: 1273 - 14/08/2023 10:28:58
Bit naive - what ambitious player would put 1 Connacht medal in front of 10 All-Ireland's. I just don't get it - after all that was made of the Dublin players gaining their 9th All-Ireland medal. The Game is set-up now that provincial titles don't mean as much as they used to and are simply downgraded. It just takes a good draw and a bit of luck to win a Connacht title these days. Nonsense talk really..
rosco7 (Roscommon) - Posts: 44 - 14/08/2023 10:52:48
Wouldn't get too hung up on the wording he used, think it was just a young lad trying to stress how committed he was to us. Great to see and hear, he showed real promise this year and performed very well apart from the Cork game maybe. All a learning curve. Hopefully the first of many great years in goal for him, arguably the most important position on the pitch nowadays.
TobeaRossie (Roscommon) - Posts: 111 - 14/08/2023 13:11:01
We've won 1 League, 2 AIs and 20 something Connachts.
Probably fair to say those ratios will continue.
Seanfanbocht (Roscommon) - Posts: 1273 - 14/08/2023 19:26:59
Yes it was good detail and honest interview and the main point of it was how committed he is to Roscommon now ending whatever speculation there was that he's join up with Galway seniors. Interesting Galway United tried to sign him up over the summer but he had no interest with that either.
Interesting club weekend ahead. Roscommon Gaels should claim another win but rarely get it easy against Western Gaels. Boyle v Faithleachs went to wire last year I would expect similar this weekend, Brigids,Pearses should have too much for Dominics,Glaveys who are short on a number of first choice players. Strokestown v Oran a possible draw there and Clann should beat Tulsk.
At intermediate Eire Og,Fuerty,Croans should win again Creggs,Brigids to edge their games and Elphin v Castlerea could be a draw.
Junior I'd fancy wins for Ronans,Kilglass,Clann,Western Gaels,Strokestown and St Michaels.
The_analyser (Roscommon) - Posts: 3701 - 15/08/2023 18:02:56
I wonder why did Gerry McGowan step away from the management team after just one season.
endgame (Roscommon) - Posts: 2129 - 18/08/2023 06:00:03
Probably little input, Seems to be Davy and Mark McHugh as his number 2.
sourmilk93 (Roscommon) - Posts: 1138 - 18/08/2023 12:22:02
Was speaking to a Ross Gaels man during tonight's championship match amd he was surprised match resumed for 2nd half. Awful conditions and player safety was not put to the forefront. 5 pts each tells its own story. Will be interesting to see Will many matches fall by the wayside tomorrow given the overnight rain expected.
Some interesting matches ahead this weekend. Boyle have to win to keep their hopes alive really. A draw won't elimate them but will be very difficult given their scoring average. The stories of the Smiths imminent departure is having a negative affect. It is certainly the talk in club circles up here. I am looking forward to streaming their match tomorrow and I have a hunch for Faithleachs. The return of Cathal Gunn amd Kevin Farrell from.serious injuries last year has given them a few extra options up front to take the pressure off the murtaghs. An interesting factor could be the referee who is the same ref who did the corresponding fixture last year where there was a lot of controversy over his performance. Great tonsee it being streamed live and a great service.
Sunday sees another cliffhanger for the county champions v Strokestown and given theor predicament and hone advantage they will keep it tight which may not suit Oran. Don't rule out a draw which again may not be enough for Strokestown.
Expected wins for Brids, Clan and Pearses.
Disappointed to see Gwrry McGowan leave the county set up as he is well regarded. Was having very little input as year went on apparently and same was been said for Eddie Lohan. To have Davy and Mark McHugh calling shots on their own with both very inexperienced was evident in our latter matches v Cork and Kildare.
Hopefully a replacement incoming soon amd maybe a roscommon man.
SmokieRoss (Roscommon) - Posts: 271 - 18/08/2023 21:55:47
Smiths deserting Boyle??
County certainly dipped in the last 3 games. If that was due to Davy and McHugh ignoring the other lads...... not a good read.
Seanfanbocht (Roscommon) - Posts: 1273 - 19/08/2023 09:12:08
Unfair Seanfanbocht to be running down people with "IF comments" on a national forum when there may be no connection between the two seperate factors.
letsgetgoing (Roscommon) - Posts: 439 - 19/08/2023 13:40:48