It’s midweek once more, Sunday’s dramatic draw with the Rossies disappearing from sight in the rearview mirror while up ahead Monday’s replay against the same opposition draws ever closer. As it does, the next instalment in what is already in so many respects an incredible championship campaign for the county is set to be unveiled.
When Monday comes around, Roscommon’s players and management would like to see less booing of Andy Moran, as the official statement Roscommon GAA issued last night confirms – it’s here. Fair play to them for putting out this statement and let’s hope it’ll have the desired effect the next day.
Looking ahead to the rematch, Roscommon coach Liam McHale reckons the advantage now rests with the Connacht champions. Speaking with the Irish Examiner (here), he says that the Rossies’ age and greater freshness will now stand to them in the replay.
Not so says Billy Joe Padden in this week’s Mayo News – that piece is here. Billy Joe doesn’t deny that we’re a team that has passed its peak but he still believes that if we impose ourselves to greater effect in Monday’s replay we’ll get the result at the second time of asking.
The match will, by the way, be reffed by Anthony Nolan from Wicklow. He’s one of the new cohort of officials and
as far as I know, we’ve never had him take charge of a match involving us before he took charge of our League encounter with Cavan back in March. As ever, all we ask from him is a fair shake in the many difficult calls he’ll be required to make the next day.
Match odds, anyone? While so many are happy to write us off, the bookies still have faith in us. Boyle Sports have us as 2/5 favourites to win the replay, with the handicap set at -3 (match odds here).
Let’s finish this brief round-up with a poll on that very question: who do think will do the business on Monday?
Will we win the replay?
- Yes (83%, 752 Votes)
- No (17%, 152 Votes)
Total Voters: 904