Sport Gaelic Football

Monday 23 October 2017

St Brigid's sweat over Dolan fitness

Frankin Dolan. Photo: Sportsfile
Frankin Dolan. Photo: Sportsfile

John Fallon

Former Roscommon star Frankie Dolan is in a race against time to be fit for St Brigid's Connacht Senior Football Championship semi-final showdown with Salthill/ Knocknacarra on Sunday week.

The veteran forward is in superb form this year, but he had to go off with a serious groin injury at half-time in Sunday's emphatic 2-19 to 0-10 quarter-final win over Leitrim champions Melvin Gaels.

Dolan had kicked 0-7 at that stage for the south Roscommon club -- four frees, a '45' and two from play -- but is now doubtful for the provincial semi-final as St Brigid's bid for three Connacht titles in a row.

The only other club to win three in succession was also from south Roscommon -- with Clann na Gael stringing six Connacht titles together in the 1980s.

But their hopes of completing the hat-trick could depend on Dolan's availability and St Brigid's team manager Kevin McStay is concerned that he might not make it.

"It was bad enough when he came off and it is now a matter of how quickly he can recover," McStay said.

"Hopefully we will have him back because he is in great form and we know we will have a huge battle against Salthill/ Knocknacarra," added the RTE analyst, who has one of his former Mayo team-mates Liam McHale as part of his management team.

Dolan was the key man for St Brigid's when he scored 2-4 -- all but a point of that tally coming from play -- as they survived a scare against Padraig Pearses before collecting their 12th Roscommon title and sixth in the last eight years and, in the process the opportunity to represent the county in the Connacht championship.

Irish Independent

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