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Roscommon In Bullish Form Ahead of Semi Final

Wednesday 15.04.2015
Team Talk Mag

All Ireland Under 21 Semi Final Tyrone v Roscommon ***LIVE on Teamtalk Radio*** from 5:45pm on Saturday 18th April.

So it’s high flying Roscommon on Saturday afternoon in Sligo for the Under 21’s.  The Connacht side would already appear to have one up on the Red Hands after the game was originally fixed for Breffni Park and then moved across to Markievicz Park just a few hours later.

While Tyrone make the two hour trip across to the West coast Roscommon will complete their journey into Sligo City in less than half of that time. The Roscommon side go into the game as raging hot favourites having dispensed with Galway in the Connacht decider a couple of weeks ago.  What makes that win all the more impressive is the fact that it took place on Galway’s home patch at Tuam Stadium.

One of the features of Roscommon’s run through to the All Ireland semi final has been the huge support that they’ve brought with them to the games.  Almost 9000 supporters turned up to watch the Connacht final and two thirds of those were Roscommon men, women and children.

Manager Mark Dowd has spent long hours preparing his side for a tilt at All Ireland glory this year.  Dowd has been lorded by the media in the west as having brought about a tactical masterclass to overcome Galway.  Dowd believes Roscommon have the wherewithal to negate big name players and that has brought Roscommon to this point.

The prize of an All Ireland outing with Dublin has been the objective of this Roscommon side since the middle of last year.  This Roscommon side has won two out of the last four Connacht minor football championships.  Joint captains Tadhg O’Rourke and Cathal Compton are big game players and they have the ability to dictate the play from the outset.

In a recent interview Dowd pointed to the fact that Roscommon in the provincial final were able to get to grips with the game better after the break.  He praised Roscommon for their workrate and said that it was that alone which outshone the Galway men.  Roscommon blew Sligo away in their opening game firing home an incredible 6 goals and 18 points before overcoming Galway by scoring 3-14.

Dowd went on to say that expects Tyrone to throw up a defensive wall in order to contain his side.  He reckons that the score will probably be low but that it’s just a matter of when Roscommon have possession that they make the best use of it.


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