Saturday 24 February 2018

Eugene McGee: Rossies give us a breath of fresh air

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

Connacht football finals rarely get the hype or exposure of the other three provincial showdowns but yesterday was all so different. Roscommon came from the depths of depression in the recent National League to storm their way to their 20th victory in a Connacht final.

The game was already unusual because of the fact that for the first time since 1947 neither Galway nor May were in the final but what unfolded in Castlebar was scarcely what we had expected, which was a close, unspectacular contest.

What we actually got was one of the best games of football for many years at this level and with a huge shock result at the end of it all. Roscommon, with five of their All-Ireland minor team of 2006, simply tore the form book to shreds in the first half with their devil-may-care approach to the contest and almost swept Sligo, who have survived three hard games against Galway and Mayo, off the pitch.

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