Roscommon selector Liam McHale believes Leitrim are the most dogged county in this year’s championship and won’t stand on ceremony if they give them the opportunities at Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday.
Roscommon survived a massive scare at Gaelic Park a few weeks ago when they stuttered to a 1-15 to 0-17 victory over New York in the preliminary round of the Connacht championship.
A huge improvement is expected for this weekend’s quarter-final clash with their Division 4 neighbours. However, McHale says they will be in for another tough outing against Shane Ward’s side at Páirc Sean Mac Diarmaida.
Roscommon, after successive promotions, reached the league semi-final this year, and although Leitrim only finished seventh in the bottom tier with just two wins from seven games, they are always capable of a shock in the Connacht championship.
“In 2006 Mayo had a very good young team, they went down to Carrick-on-Shannon and should have been beaten. Mayo lost the All-Ireland final that year,” said McHale.
“Leitrim are a remarkable country really, I have the height of respect for them. They can compete with the bigger counties on any given day, especially in the summer time at home.
“They have run the Galways, Roscommons, Mayo, good counties close many times and they have got some big scalps.
“They will be very physical, there will be no team as determined as them in this year’s championship. It won’t be easy and we will have to be at our best to win this game.”
The Roscommon panel has been decimated by injury in recent weeks with star players Ian Kilbride, Enda Smith, Cian Connolly, and Cathal Compton all likely to miss the Connacht championship quarter-final.
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