Thursday 22 August 2019

Battle for scraps of pride

Cork v Roscommon: How they line out

Roscommon manager Anthony Cunningham. Photo: Sportsfile
Roscommon manager Anthony Cunningham. Photo: Sportsfile

Seán McGoldrick

This is arguably the most meaningless game ever played in the history of the All-Ireland football championship, as neither Cork nor Roscommon can advance to the last four.

Essentially they are going through the motions and it will be interesting to see how many turn up in Páirc Uí Rinn this afternoon.

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The game is not even a dress rehearsal for a league clash next spring as Roscommon will operate in Division 2, while Cork will play in Division 3.

Even though Roscommon won the Connacht Championship this summer, the Rebels are possibly in a better position than them right now. They performed well against Kerry in the Munster final and did likewise for an hour against Dublin.

They will have regrets for a long time about their loss to Tyrone in Round 2 of the qualifiers, but the concession of 2-2 in a disastrous six-minute spell in the third quarter effectively ended their chances.

Even though it is a meaningless meeting, both teams will want to win - albeit for different reasons.

Roscommon have now failed to win five games in a row in the Super 8 competition and they would dearly love to end that losing sequence and finish Anthony Cunningham's first season in charge on a high.

For Cork, the need to maintain their momentum is important and the only way to do that is to win.

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Roscommon's Conor Cox will be familiar with his surroundings as he often played in Páirc Uí Rinn when he starred for UCC, but the home side should prevail.

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