How do you reconcile their flagging second-half display with the sensational football they produced in the first-half that day in Mallow?
The attacking play they exhibited in the early stages will hearten them with James Masters, Barry O’Driscoll and Paul Kerrigan offering them an array of scoring options. And despite those second-half struggles, their experience and composure on the ball was evident during a critical phase.
It is three months since St Brigid’s defeated Killererin in the Connacht final and they cannot afford to be lethargic. Their defence will need to be tight and while Roscommon captain Peter Domican is an expert man-marker, he cannot stifle the Nemo forwards on his own. Midfielder Karol Mannion is a towering influence and his battle with David Niblock will be pivotal in shaping the outcome. Up front Frankie Dolan will direct operations while Conor and Cathal McHugh are capable of scores. Four years ago St Brigid’s ran Crossmaglen close in the All-Ireland semi and that experience should stand to them. The Kiltoom club are not here just to sample the big day but Nemo are desperate to end the national drought they’ve endured since 2003.
* Verdict: Nemo Rangers