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We had a day-trip to the west today – with a kid in the Gaeltacht to be visited – and because of this I missed the live TV coverage of this afternoon’s Connacht semi-final between Roscommon and Sligo. I caught some of the action from Hyde Park live on the radio and I’ve just seen the highlights now on The Sunday Game but obviously I wasn’t able to follow the contest blow-by-blow. As a result, I haven’t a huge amount to say about it.
The first and most obvious point to make about the match is that the Rossies won. Despite for a time courting rather outrageously with possible humiliation at Sligo’s hands for a second time in twelve months, the home team finally steadied themselves after the break and the storming second half they put in more than made up for their godawful first half performance.
The second observation from my limited viewing of the action was that both defences in Hyde Park looked worse than poor. It was a great day for forwards but if the backs aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do then it’ll always be a good day for attackers. To make matters worse, both goalkeepers suffered nightmare moments with their kickouts, in the process heaping further pressure on the ropey backlines in front of them. It was little wonder the scoreline ended up at 4-16 to 2-13.
Today’s Hyde Park contest doesn’t, I reckon, add a whole pile to what we know about Roscommon. They’ve now played three times in this year’s Connacht championship – with Galway yet to take the field – and they remain a bit of a conundrum. Are they a coming force? Are they any bloody good at all? I guess if we get past Galway next Saturday evening we’ll finally get to see for ourselves next month.