Roscommon v Mayo, 2pm, Monday, Croke Park
The replay of Roscommon and Mayo on Bank Holiday Monday in Croke Park is set to be another entertaining game. The drawn game although poor in terms of quality was superb in atmosphere, passion, pride and massive support for both sides, all that anyone would want to see in a championship game. Roscommon looked at the start of the game as if they were going to blow Mayo out of the water, but credit to Stephen Rochford’s charges they clawed themselves back into the game after trailing by 7 points after 11 minutes to be leading at half time.
Roscommon had some good performances on the field, with Ciaran Murtagh, Fintan Cregg and Conor Devaney, while John McManus also impressed. More will need to come from these players once again if Roscommon are to reach a first All-Ireland semi-final since 1990. On the other hand, Mayo will feel very lucky to get out of Croke Park with a draw and only for the performance of Lee Keegan who finished with 1-03 from play they may not be making the trip to Croke Park for the second successive week. Cillian O’Connor was anonymous for the game so he will need to have a better game, while Andy Moran was Mayo’s best forward on show and he troubled the Roscommon defence whenever he got on the ball. Aidan O’Shea and Seamus O’Shea were poor in midfield so more will need to come from the Breaffy boys and I expect them to have a massive say on proceedings.
In terms of winning Mayo will not perform as bad as they did in the drawn game, so many people are saying that was Roscommon’s chance gone, I personally don’t think it is there chance gone and I firmly believe they will trouble Mayo again. In saying that Mayo have far to much quality spread out all over the field and they should win this if their best players perform.
Mayo are favourites at 1/2 to win and advance to an All-Ireland semi-final , while Roscommon are outsiders at 9/4. The draw is 15/2 and you couldn’t rule that out either once again. However, for me it’s a Mayo win by 5 or 6 points on this occasion as they will put in a better performance than the last day.