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Galway V Roscommon – Connacht Final Preview

Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, McHale Park, Castlebar, Mayo 18/6/2016 Mayo vs Galway Galway's Shane Walsh celebrates at the final whistle Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Galway v Roscommon, it is Connacht final day with both sides providing a unique pairing in many ways. Mayo have completed five-in-a-row so this game will bring something different to view.

A big crowd will be expected to descend on Pearse Stadium in Galway today. It is a Connacht final that provides a huge opportunity for both sides to build momentum for the future. The provincial championships are a real bone of contention at the moment, and this Connacht final pairing is one of few things fighting its corner.

This Connacht championship is offering a big chance for both of these sides to build a team for the future. They have been relatively successful at under-21 level over the last five years or so. Both are probably not ready for an assault on the All-Ireland title so this Connacht title is a huge opportunity for both sides to win a trophy and look ahead with real optimism.

Galway beat Mayo in the semi-final and it was a victory that sparked big celebrations. The question we asked on this week’s live Facebook podcast was whether Galway had already gotten their one big win for the season?

Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, McHale Park, Castlebar, Mayo 18/6/2016 Mayo vs Galway Galway's Thomas Flynn celebrates with Damien Comer after scoring the winning goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

They celebrated with joy having beaten Mayo and will need to get themselves back down to earth for the Connacht final. But that win was a big deal for Galway. They haven’t beaten Mayo for a while now and it was a weight off their shoulders to get a big win over a big team.

Roscommon were one of the biggest disappointments in the 2015 championship. Their defeat to Sligo was a huge shock and they failed to make any impression on the championship there after.

They have won three championship games already this year, racking up big scores along the way. Will they be allowed to play such an open game against Galway? We will have to wait and see.

Cathal Cregg with Pat Hughes 12/6/2016

It is a huge game for both sides. While a loss is not the end of the world, a win will be huge. Both sides will be desperate to get their hands on a trophy and both sets of fans would only love something to celebrate.

Teams;

Galway                                                                                               Roscommon

  1.                      B. Power                                                                              D. O’Malley
  2.                      E. Kerin                                                                               S. McDermott
  3.                      D. Kynne                                                                             S. Mullooly
  4.                      D. Wynne                                                                            N. McInerney
  5.                      G. Bradshaw                                                                       D. Murray
  6.                      L.Silke                                                                                  S. Purcell
  7.                      G. O’Donnell                                                                       J. McManus
  8.                      P. Conroy                                                                             N. Daly
  9.                      T. Flynn                                                                               C. Compton
  10.                      G. Sice                                                                                  F. Cregg
  11.                      D. Comer                                                                             C. Murtagh
  12.                      J. Heaney                                                                            D. Keenan
  13.                      E. Brannigan                                                                      C. Devaney
  14.                      S. Walsh                                                                              E. Smith
  15.                      D. Cummins                                                                       C. Cregg

Prediction – We expect to see a tight encounter. On this basis Galway are being tipped to win. Roscommon’s games so far have been open a high scoring. Taking the fact that it is a final that both sides will be desperate to win, we expect it to be tight and cagey. This may tip the advantage in Galway’s favour.

Author: The PA Team

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