Tuesday 26 September 2017

Rossies must quell Cawley threat

Connacht U-21 FC Semi-Final (Extra-time if necessary)
Roscommon v Sligo, Kiltoom, 7.30

In Keelan Cawley, Sligo have a player who has proven himself with the county’s senior side and will be a real threat to the Rossies. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
In Keelan Cawley, Sligo have a player who has proven himself with the county’s senior side and will be a real threat to the Rossies. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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Roscommon's record in this grade has been more than impressive of late and tonight they are aiming to secure a place in their eighth consecutive Connacht final, having contested every decider since 2010.

They have won Connacht on four occasions in that period and were aiming for three in a row in 2016 before losing out to Mayo, but notably manager Adrian Dockery, from the Western Gaels club, doesn't have much in the way of senior experience to call on this time around.

He will look to the likes of Brian Stack, brother of senior player Ronan and who played for St Brigid's in the Connacht club final late last year, for inspiration after what was a mixed Hastings Cup campaign for the Shannonsiders.

Sligo can pull from the minor side of 2015 which brought Galway to a replay in the Connacht final and in Keelan Cawley they have a player who has proven himself with the county's senior side and he will be a real threat to the Rossies.

Football in Roscommon needs a shot in the arm just now with the seniors struggling in Division 1 and a trip to Croke Park to face Dublin on the horizon this weekend.

And their U-21s can provide that in what is likely to be a close encounter.

Odds: Roscommon 4/7 Sligo 7/4 Draw 7/1

Verdict: Roscommon

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