So it’s now only a week until we face our first major hurdle in this year’s championship. While the bookies might reckon – what with their 1/5 odds on us to prevail – that our upcoming Connacht semi-final against Roscommon at Hyde Park next Sunday (throw-in 2pm) is a gimme for us, we all know full well that this is far from the case.
Understandable doubts about whether or not we’re truly up for another tilt at Sam following two successive near-misses allied to a recognition that John Evans has done a good job of whipping the Rossies into decent shape mean that this one is likely to be anything but a gentle warm-up to the Connacht final for our lads. The opposition will definitely be gunning for us in this one and although you have to go as far back as 2001 for the last time they tasted Championship success against us, they never fear facing us on their home patch.
James and the lads will obviously be well aware of this and will have prepared accordingly, just as they did heading into what everyone felt was a tricky assignment in Salthill last year. As a result, if the Sheepstealers do manage to take us down this day week, it’s a seriously battle-hardened outfit they’ll have conquered.
There’ll be plenty of debate during the week on how this one might play out but in advance of all that it’s time for a straw poll on the contest. How do you think it’ll go? Time to vote.
How will we do against Roscommon?
- Win (82%, 230 Votes)
- Lose (13%, 37 Votes)
- Draw (4%, 12 Votes)
Total Voters: 279