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Rossies facing 'keeper crisis for Connacht opener

ROSCOMMON manager John Evans is facing a number of headaches as he prepares his side for their Connacht SFC opener against either Galway or Mayo on June 16.

Both of his front-line goalkeepers, Geoffrey Claffey and Mark Miley, have opted out of the panel, while St Brigid's stars Senan Kilbride and Peter Domican are not currently part of the Rossies' squad, leaving Evans without a full hand ahead of his first championship campaign with the side.

Claffey last lined out for the county in the league defeat to Meath and was replaced for the following game in Antrim by Miley.

Miley, part of the 2006 All-Ireland minor-winning side, was himself usurped and both men left the panel, leaving Darren O'Malley the man most likely to start in the championship.

U-21 'keeper Tadhg Lowe has also been called up to the senior panel.

Kerry native Evans remains hopeful that both Kilbride and Domican will return to the squad ahead of the trip to either Salthill or Castlebar.

Both men were involved in the Brigid's side that has secured three consecutive Connacht titles, not to mention last month's All-Ireland crown and are taking an extended break from football. Evans, though, is keen to bring them back into the fold before the start of the campaign.

Irish Independent