Newton names Roscommon side

Roscommon manager Des Newton has selected his team to face Galway in Sunday's Connacht SFC quarter-final at Dr. Hyde Park (throw-in 4pm).

Roscommon manager Des Newton has selected his team to face Galway in Sunday's Connacht SFC quarter-final at Dr. Hyde Park (throw-in 4pm).

There is a tried and tested feel to the line-up with just four changes in personnel to the side that started last summer's Connacht final defeat to Mayo.

Cathal Dineen and Ian Kilbride have claimed the wing back berths in an otherwise unchanged defensive unit, with Michael Finneran and Karol Mannion forming the midfield partnership again.

The versatile David Keenan is listed at right half-forward and John Rogers and Darren McDermott have also been added to the Rossies' attack.

There are no starting places for any of the county's Under-21 players who lost out to Dublin in the recent All-Ireland final.

The game has come too soon for wing back Donal Ward, who is still troubled by a groin injury, while young forward David O'Gara will be hoping to make an impact off the bench.

O'Gara, the former All-Ireland minor winner, is back on the Championship radar after recovering from a hamstring injury. His 2011 season was blighted by a back problem.

Keen for some involvement this weekend having played recently against Sligo and Cavan, he told the Roscommon Herald: "Galway will be coming here with all guns blazing. They're always a very good side so it''l be a very tough game.

"It's great to have the home advantage. Hopefully there'll be plenty of Rossies out supporting us.

"It's good to have the home advantage but it won't mean anything unless we come out and play our proper game. So if we do that hopefully we'll come out on the right side of it."

ROSCOMMON (SFC v Galway): Geoffrey Claffey (capt); Seánie McDermott, Niall Carty, Sean Purcell; Cathal Dineen, Peter Domican, Ian Kilbride; Michael Finneran, Karol Mannion; David Keenan, Cathal Cregg, John Rogers; Senan Kilbride, Darren McDermott, Donie Shine.

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