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Replying To The_analyser:  "Another very experimental team due to injuries and the Faithleachs, Pearses lads not involved.

Paddy O'Malley
Fergal Lennon
Colin Walsh
Richard Hughes
Ultan Harney
Eoin McCormack
Dylan Ruane
Enda Smith
Shane Cunnane
Ciaran Lawless
Andrew Glennon
Diarmuid McGann
Cathal Heneghan
Donie Smith
Conor Cox

Only Paddy O'Malley 2nd start and both in the FBD final against Galway.

Richard Hughes moved into the full back line due to the injury of Niall Higgins last week and Ultan Harney plays in the position that Hughes filled last weekend. To say we are light on defensive options would be a understatement.

Would have preferred to see the Nolan, Cunnane again with Enda in the forward line. Ciaran Lawless with his first senior start and Andrew Glennon for Sugrue the other change from last weeks starting team."
Cathal Heneghan is a good footballer. Didn't feel there were many stand out performers for Roscommon tonight.
I wonder will Shane Cunnane be the answer to our lack of a big man at midfield which has been a problem for some time.

endgame (Roscommon) - Posts: 1765 - 14/01/2022 20:06:55    2394948

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Best team won. They stepped it up in second half we couldn't deal with them running at us. How many of that back 6 has any chance of starting when everyone is available. Goalkeeper really struggled tonight and might not be good enough. I think finally we might have a midfield. Cunnane Doyle Smith and Nolan are all now real options.

dave1988 (Roscommon) - Posts: 831 - 14/01/2022 20:17:41    2394951

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I think there are lots of positives to take from the FBD campaign. Loads of younger players have gotten valuable experience now at senior level. That can only benefit these players. Does anyone know what the story is with Ciaran Lennon? Is he injured? I don't believe he took any part in the FBD league. We have so many top players to come back so hopefully we'll be in a healthy place for the start of the league. Every point will be vital as it could be difference between promotion and relegation.

ComainRos (Roscommon) - Posts: 59 - 15/01/2022 11:39:56    2395004

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Started well last night but galway made the right changes early and really were the better team from the 25/30th minute onwards, 2 points flattered us. Once Silke went on Cox he completely went out of the game and Donie Smith no harm to him isn't able to start games and play 50/60 minutes, any corner back with legs must love being on him and being able to get up and down the field. Going through the the team thought keeper was poor and isn't the answer going forward so we know that for sure now and better finding that out last night then in a few weeks time. Thought backs struggled but what else would you expect missing 8/9. Thought Ruane wasn't bad and has a decent physique can be an option going forward, Harney for one of our most experienced players last night was largely anonymous, I know playing out of position but still. Enda Smith our best player by far, will need him at his best to stay up and compete in league. Midfield started well but faded but in Cunnane Doyle and Nolan we have potential for sure. Glennon kicked a great point but wasn't in the game at all and won't start going forward, McGann didn't do a lot to get further chances nor Lawless but there's a bit of bite to Heneghan definitely something there. Our subs weakened us and there's made them stronger, you saw the difference there when Tierney minced O'Rourke in the tackle, the two of them are the one age I think and you wouldn't know it with the gulp in S&C, once Galway brought that physicality we couldn't match them but still a good run out before Cork in two weeks, please god can get the likes of Stack, Hussey, 2 Lennons back. Any know the story with Paul McGrath surely thought if he was fit and available he'd be getting a run? Also worryingly we don't know who our keeper will be in 2 weeks time, seen Lavin was there so obviously still involved whether he's injured or what but I wonder is Carroll our best bet going forward, light and inexperienced but good shot stopper and decent kick outs, no harm to O'Malley but doubt they are losing too much sleep in Mayo over him playing with us.

Rossie2020 (Roscommon) - Posts: 156 - 15/01/2022 12:12:17    2395008

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Ciaran Lennon as it stands is unable to commit. His brother must have picked up a knock in the Sigerson cup. Paul McGrath is injury. Colm Lavin got a long term injury in the club championship.

Carroll seems first choice and could be tied up to college duties for the Cork game.

I thought Ruane, McCormack, Cunnane and Heneghan had good moments last night. Few of our subs made the impact that Galways did but they finished with a more experienced line up than us.

Cox was double marked by Heaney, Silke and Donie Smith was well marked out of it too, we still managed to score 1-6 2nd half compared to 0-10 first half. Conceding that goal against the run of play 1st half and kicking a number of bad wides before the break proved costly.

The_analyser (Roscommon) - Posts: 3201 - 15/01/2022 13:18:00    2395018

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Replying To Rossie2020:  "Started well last night but galway made the right changes early and really were the better team from the 25/30th minute onwards, 2 points flattered us. Once Silke went on Cox he completely went out of the game and Donie Smith no harm to him isn't able to start games and play 50/60 minutes, any corner back with legs must love being on him and being able to get up and down the field. Going through the the team thought keeper was poor and isn't the answer going forward so we know that for sure now and better finding that out last night then in a few weeks time. Thought backs struggled but what else would you expect missing 8/9. Thought Ruane wasn't bad and has a decent physique can be an option going forward, Harney for one of our most experienced players last night was largely anonymous, I know playing out of position but still. Enda Smith our best player by far, will need him at his best to stay up and compete in league. Midfield started well but faded but in Cunnane Doyle and Nolan we have potential for sure. Glennon kicked a great point but wasn't in the game at all and won't start going forward, McGann didn't do a lot to get further chances nor Lawless but there's a bit of bite to Heneghan definitely something there. Our subs weakened us and there's made them stronger, you saw the difference there when Tierney minced O'Rourke in the tackle, the two of them are the one age I think and you wouldn't know it with the gulp in S&C, once Galway brought that physicality we couldn't match them but still a good run out before Cork in two weeks, please god can get the likes of Stack, Hussey, 2 Lennons back. Any know the story with Paul McGrath surely thought if he was fit and available he'd be getting a run? Also worryingly we don't know who our keeper will be in 2 weeks time, seen Lavin was there so obviously still involved whether he's injured or what but I wonder is Carroll our best bet going forward, light and inexperienced but good shot stopper and decent kick outs, no harm to O'Malley but doubt they are losing too much sleep in Mayo over him playing with us."
What game were you watching? Harney was our best player last night while been played put of position

sourmilk93 (Roscommon) - Posts: 979 - 15/01/2022 14:09:13    2395031

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Replying To sourmilk93:  "What game were you watching? Harney was our best player last night while been played put of position"
Ya I thought Harney done well. Brady is involved with the squad but I heard he was missing the last couple of weeks due to covid and only back training. He is our best goalkeeper by a long way. We still made the same silly mistake we always make last night. Hand passing over and back in front of our own goal and cost us a couple of scores. It's early days and I definitely see a bunch of good footballers.

dave1988 (Roscommon) - Posts: 831 - 15/01/2022 15:22:49    2395043

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Massive congratulations to St. Faithleachs on winning the Connacht Intermediate title. Heart in mouth stuff at the end. Brilliant to see Roscommon clubs winning both the senior and Intermediate titles in Connacht. Hopefully both teams do their clubs and county proud in the All Ireland series

ComainRos (Roscommon) - Posts: 59 - 15/01/2022 15:58:10    2395052

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Some drama in the Intermediate final what a way to win. Congrats to Faithleachs. Two out of three on Connacht titles won by Roscommon clubs a fine achievement.

The_analyser (Roscommon) - Posts: 3201 - 15/01/2022 16:16:39    2395057

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Great way to win a Connacht final awful way to lose. Congrats Faithleachs and all the best in the All Ireland series as they will be the Connacht reps

I recall trying to convince a Roscommon poster on here a while back that the club standard/quality in Roscommon is as good as Galway and Mayo I'd wonder if he agrees with that view point now?

Yondu (UK) - Posts: 670 - 15/01/2022 16:34:12    2395061

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Replying To ComainRos:  "Massive congratulations to St. Faithleachs on winning the Connacht Intermediate title. Heart in mouth stuff at the end. Brilliant to see Roscommon clubs winning both the senior and Intermediate titles in Connacht. Hopefully both teams do their clubs and county proud in the All Ireland series"
Great achievement. Hopefully both clubs go on to win All irelands and keep the cups in connacht , where the have been for the last 4 and 2 years

anotheralias (Galway) - Posts: 440 - 15/01/2022 17:14:36    2395074

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Fantastic win by St Faithleachs in Galway this evening. This team never gives up. Went from 7 points up to being behind by 4 in the second half, and a point down with the time basically up in extra time. Both teams some played fantastic football with end to end stuff during the match, but tired somewhat in the extra half. The close encounters they had in Roscommon and in the semi-final stood to them. It will take a good team to beat them in the rest of this competition. Great to see so many old and new St Faithleachs supporters in Pearse Stadium and also support they received from other Roscommon club supporters. Great also to see the Gene Byrne cup coming home to Ballyleague.
Hopefully themselves and Pearses can bring a couple of All Irelands back this year to Roscommon. Well done to Wally and all the management team and players for getting over the line again today. Highlights will be shown on TG4 on Monday night along with the Roscommon - Galway game.

letsgetgoing (Roscommon) - Posts: 77 - 15/01/2022 19:20:50    2395096

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2 weeks tomorrow to Cork game and with the two clubs doing so well we will be short at least 6 starters but you can't have it every way! Don't know do management know the best keeper and that needs to be sorted as soon we can. Think with Lavin having a long term injury Carroll / Brady should be given a chance as both are probably better modern day keepers then Lavin and O'Malley. Will be very short in the backs hopefully Lennon, Stack and Hussey can get back soon but I'd expect Walsh, Hughes, Harney, McCormack and probably Ruane to start against Cork if not. Was surprised Evan McGrath didn't feature for longer last night he done okay in the past for Roscommon, Cathal Kenny too didn't get much of a chance. Midfield will more then likely be Nolan and Cunnane with Enda Smith as 3rd midfielder. McKeon will probably come into half forward line, he has great potential but would want to show more commitment then last year by all accounts, Lawless might get a run as options are limited. Inside Heneghan and Smith should probably smart but I always feel Donie is best suited in an impact role, maybe Glennon could go inside. Ciaran Lennon is a lose this year he would definitely have started and got a right run, hope he's back soon, he's probably the best ball winning forward we have and would complement Cox very well as often Cox has to do a lot of work to win the ball and by the time he has won it he has a lot more work to do to get a shot off. We are missing more then a full team when ya think of it Lavin, Murray, Mulooly, C Daly, R Daly, Hussey, N Daly, T O'Rourke, Darcy, Stack, C Murtagh, Kilroy, D Murtagh, C Lennon, Carey, but gives us a chance to find more options going forward and we badly need that. Hopefully can get a few more bodies back for Cork.

Rossie2020 (Roscommon) - Posts: 156 - 15/01/2022 21:24:33    2395110

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With the league starting in a couple of weeks im not very confident in challenging for promotion with all the players we are missing due to club football and few injuries. Galway cut through our defence very easily the last night and Sligo caused us alot of problems to. I think we will survive but with cork and Meath up first it's going to be really difficult to get anything from them two games. If we had everyone fit and available I'd definitely have us as one of the favourites to get promoted but unfortunately we don't.

dave1988 (Roscommon) - Posts: 831 - 18/01/2022 19:37:48    2395502

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Not sure of the rationale for how the selection of two pitches for the two All Ireland semi-finals involving Roscommon teams was decided. Trim who played the Leinster final of the intermediate championship nearly at home in Pairc Tailteann in Navan, now have to travel a very short distance again, to the Downs GAA club to play St Faithleachs. This will mean that they will have more support. Padraig Pearses have to travel to Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan. Surely that match against Kilmacud Crokes could have been played in Cusack Park in Mullingar (capacity 11,500). This would have facilitated Roscommon supporters who want to support both teams, as the Downs GAA club and Cusack park are near each other. It would also have be easier for both Kilmacud Crokes and Padraig Pearses supporters to travel to Mullingar rather than to Cavan.

Was any thought given to perhaps playing both matches involving the Roscommon teams in Portlaoise of Tullamore as a double header, which would have made sense to me. Having said all that, I expect both Roscommon teams to do the business!

letsgetgoing (Roscommon) - Posts: 77 - 19/01/2022 14:03:44    2395602

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With the Pearses game at 5pm a floodlit venue was required.
The Downs seems a strange choice for an AI semi final with Cusack Park only a few KM away.

Seanfanbocht (Roscommon) - Posts: 366 - 19/01/2022 16:27:30    2395636

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It's easily 40-45 km from Trim to The Downs while Faithleachs is hardly more than 55-60 km away, not exactly a huge advantage to the Trim lads!

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 674 - 19/01/2022 18:26:36    2395655

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Disappointed that both Pearses, Faithleachs All Ireland semi finals wasn't scheduled for one venue on the same day but not all surprised that the GAA fixtures makers didn't do the logical thing.

NFL just 11 days away. It's a depleted and inexperience panel we have especially for the the first few games. One good bit of news is that Brian Stack, C Hussey are back in training after their injuries and one if not both might make the panel v Cork.

The_analyser (Roscommon) - Posts: 3201 - 19/01/2022 18:43:12    2395658

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Replying To The_analyser:  "Disappointed that both Pearses, Faithleachs All Ireland semi finals wasn't scheduled for one venue on the same day but not all surprised that the GAA fixtures makers didn't do the logical thing.

NFL just 11 days away. It's a depleted and inexperience panel we have especially for the the first few games. One good bit of news is that Brian Stack, C Hussey are back in training after their injuries and one if not both might make the panel v Cork."
Roscommon payed leitrim in a challenge tuesday night and both stack and Hussey featured which is a big bonus going into the league

Tarismelting22 (Roscommon) - Posts: 716 - 20/01/2022 09:37:50    2395687

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Shame that Ciaran Lennon won't be able to commit this year, really thought he could be a starter this year for us but best of luck to him we must plan without him. Good to see a few lads back training and in contention for Cork game. If they are all able to start my team would be something like.

1. Conor Carroll (Inexperienced and light but Lavin won't have much training done / match sharpness etc)
2. Fergal Lennon
3. Colin Walsh
4. Brian Stack
5. Ultan Harney
6. Conor Hussey
7. Richard Hughes
8. Eddie Nolan
9. Shane Cunnane
10. Ciaran Lawless
11. Enda Smith
12. Niall Kilroy
13. Cathal Heneghan
14. Donie Smith / Andy Glennon
15. Conor Cox

Few debatable ones as I'm not 100% sure who will / won't be available

Rossie2020 (Roscommon) - Posts: 156 - 21/01/2022 09:48:41    2395825

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