We’ve been fairly fortunate so far this summer on the injury front, not least in light of our gruelling schedule of games, but it looks as if that luck may be running out a bit. Both the Connaught Telegraph (here) and the Mayo News (paper and digital variants) are reporting that Tom Parsons is a major doubt for us this Sunday.
The Mayo News states that Tom’s injury is hamstring-related, which, given the nature of such trouble, makes it unlikely that he’ll start against Roscommon. If this is the case, Donal Vaughan – who shifted to midfield ahead of throw-in against Clare when the Charlestown man was a late withdrawal due to a reported stomach bug – would appear to be the likeliest replacement. Stephen Coen, Danny Kirby and, possibly, Barry Moran are options for us in that sector as well.
Want some more bad news? Joe McQuillan is the ref for Sunday. The last time he had a game involving us was against Galway so at least we have recent experience of him. He’ll be grand, I’m sure.
Want some good news? The GAA, in its infinite wisdom, has scheduled our match for 4pm, with Galway taking on Kerry at 2pm. There was some talk that it’d be the other way around but with us bringing upwards of 15,000 to HQ and the Rossies coming with 10,000 or more that would have been complete madness.
Will the early arrivals from both counties, I wonder, cheer on our Connacht brethren in the curtain-raiser? We should and I certainly will.
It’d be great to have an all-Connacht All-Ireland semi-final (yet another real provincial final!) and a win for the Tribesmen would, however our match goes, guarantee such an outcome. Plus, with apologies to Gamechanger10, it’d knock Kerry out in the process too.
Have you got your tickets yet? The Bring a Friend option on the Season Ticket – in which it seems only Lower Davin tickets are left (that’s where we’re headed, Rob) – is open until tonight so get your skates on if you haven’t sorted them yet.
To finish up, let’s do a quick sweep of the nationals before tomando el sol over here once more.
The Irish Independent has a few bits of interest. First up was that piece from yesterday by Billy Keane about us, the supporters and all that. Nice, feel-good stuff – it’s here.
There’s a feature piece in the same paper with Roscommon’s John McManus – Tony’s son, by the way, so he comes from good footballing stock – which is here. The headline, which comes across as a bit cocksure, is actually quite misleading.
He sounds focused and confident but knowing too that he and his teammates are heading into a challenge unlike one they’ve never faced before. He says this Roscommon team “is capable” of beating the top teams but Sunday will put that confidence to the test. We know what we’re capable of in Croke Park.
David Brady is in the Indo too giving out about our inability to finish teams off. That’s here.
Donnchadh Boyle, also in the Indo, tackles this failing in a different way, noting there’s a kind of split personality to the way we play. He reckons our killer instinct might be due to the fact that so many of the team have been on the road for so long.
Dick Clerkin – who was on co-commentary with Mike Finnerty on Saturday at the Gaelic Grounds – reckons we need to shake things up a bit tactics-wise. His view on this is in the Indo here.
Finally, over in the Irish Times, Jim McGuinness’s column – penned from over in China – is here. Not about us, per se, but we get a mention and the Donegal man is always worth reading.
That’s your lot for now. Don’t forget those tickets.