Monday, January 06, 2020

Anthony Cunningham used Sunday’s FBD League game against Sligo to check out the strength-in-depth of his squad.


The chance to ascertain the form of new players and fringe players from 2019 had procured a victory, so Roscommon senior football manager Anthony Cunningham was relatively satisfied with his side’s performance at Markievicz Park.

The manager dissected his team’s four-point triumph, pointing out that an early season “blow out” in Markievicz Park was just what the doctor order ahead of a difficult Division Two League campaign.

“We’re delighted to play in the FBD League because it gives us matches and a chance to see other players. It’s about getting back on the road.

“We’d be happy with the performance. But it was a typical early season performance. There’s loads to improve on and we won’t be found wanting for areas to improve on after today. That’s for sure.

“A lot of guys didn’t get games last year. We want to see them playing. Cian McKeon, Ciaran Lennon, Evan Flynn — those type of players haven’t had a lot of game time. Some are new, and we’re delighted to give them a chance. A few more of them will see game time next weekend,” he assured.

Cian McKeon’s 58th minute goal propelled Roscommon into a comfort zone they were never taken out of, and Cunningham was happy with the way his side had manufactured the opportunity to grab the only three-pointer of the contest.

“It (the goal) was well worked. We turned over the ball in midfield. It’s something we have been looking for that when you do win the ball, you break at pace,” he remarked.

Confirming that Westport goalkeeper Paddy O’Malley was part of the current panel, Cunningham reserved particular praise for Elphin netminder Aaron Brady who enjoyed a very competent senior debut.

“Aaron did very well today, especially under the high ball. Darren O’Malley is gone back out to Abu Dhabi but may be back later. We don’t know, so we’ll look all over the place for players. We’ve put a lot of work into that in the last couple of months. There’s an extended winter league panel training but we’ll cut that back after the FBD League,” he concluded.



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