Tuesday 12 December 2017

Shine tips Rossies to kick on

ROSCOMMON star Donie Shine has backed the county to move up a level after this summer's shock Connacht championship success, WRITES DONNCHADH BOYLE.

The Clann na nGael club man, who kicked 10 points as the Rossies pipped Sligo in the provincial decider, believes the future is bright for the Primrose and Blue.

A 17-year-old Shine led Roscommon to All Ireland minor success over Kerry in 2006, and the county collected provincial honours at the U-21 grade this year.

"Next year we'll improve a bit more. The younger lads will be a year older and we will be a bit more experienced having played in Croke Park this year.

"Hopefully next year we can get back to the quarter-final and maybe even go a step further," said Shine.

Although Roscommon suffered relegation to Division 4 in the league, Shine believes they will be better for the experience.

"We won one game (in the league) against Louth but the rest of the games were really poor and we got some heavy beatings," admitted Shine.

"We pulled it together against London and against Leitrim in the championship and gradually got better and put up a good performance against Sligo in the Connacht final.

"We got Cork after that and they were probably just that little bit too strong for us.

"We were missing a few of the older members of the panel for the league. We got Karol Mannion back closer to the championship and Senan Kilbride too.

"The panel got stronger as the year went on. At the start of the year we were pretty young and inexperienced. But once the older lads came back, they pulled things together."

Irish Independent

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