By Ian Cooney
Roscommon senior football manager Anthony Cunningham feels that the current group of players and management have a duty to perform for “Primrose and Blue” supporters who will be unable to attend the upcoming Division Two League games against Armagh and Cavan.
Welcoming the GAA’s decision on Thursday evening to press ahead with the remaining rounds of the league, despite fears over growing Covid-19 numbers, Cunningham admitted that the “Rossie Roar” will be missed over the coming weeks but that the players will do everything in their power to secure Division One football for 2021.
“It has struck home how much the GAA means to people, especially during the lockdown. When you’re in an intercounty bubble, sometimes you mightn’t understand these things but our players are well aware of what’s at stake and what a big win might do for Roscommon people’s morale.
“We’ll miss the ‘Rossie Roar’ but we’ll try and bring that ‘must win’ attitude, and stay loyal to our supporters we feel that we have to serve over the coming weeks,” he said.
Apart from Mark Richardson and Richard Hughes, Cunningham currently has a full panel to choose from for the Armagh game on Saturday week, with players like Ronan Daly, Seán Mullooly, Conor Devaney, Shane Killoran, Niall Kilroy, Ciaráin and Diarmuid Murtagh, Ultan Harney, Cathal Compton and Andy Glennon back in full training, having missed the earlier rounds of the league due to injury.
*Full interview in Tuesday’s Roscommon Herald.