The Roscommon hurlers have a quick turn around after last weekends opening round defeat to Down in the Christy Ring Cup.
London are the opposition this weekend as they come to Dr.Hyde Park for what is a must win game for both teams with the losers interest in the competition ending. The game is on Saturday at 6pm.
Johnny Kellys men made the trip to Ballycran last Saturday which seen a solid display but sadly fell short as the home team produced a strong finish to the game which seen a full time score of Down 2-24 Roscommon 1-20.
London were defeated themselves on Sunday in Aughrim to Wicklow where they just got pipped by a single point 0-17 to 0-16.
For Roscommon they will have to focus on London sharp shooter Kevin O’Loughlin. The corner forward is one of the key players in this Exiles teams and is their main scorer in chief.
The midfield battle should be crucial to the outcome of this game. Shane Curley and Cathal Dolan have developed a strong partnership in the middle of the field but will have to raise their game once again as Enda Cooney and Mark O’Dwyer will provide a new challenge.
The Rossies scored 1-20 which would see most teams win a game on any giving day but once again the side failed to hold out a game from a winning position which was seen against Mayo in the league relegation play off.
The concession of free along with the introduction of Gareth Johnston for Down proved to be key but Johnny Kelly will hope to see an improvement in discipline especially which seen Paul Sheehan score fifteen points all from placed balls for the Mourne men.
This London team played in division 2A of the Allianz League which is one ahead of the Rossies so they will come into this game as favourites but if this Roscommon team can produce a seventy minute performance an upset could be on the cards.
A tough challenge for the Primrose and Blue but no doubt they will leave all they can out on the pitch in the seventy minutes of play.
Support will be needed for the team so get down to the Hyde to support the team in what is a huge game
Roscommon team that played Down:
1. N Fallon, 2. P Nolan, 3. P Kellehan, 4. A Moore; 5. M Beirne, 6. P Kelly, 7. T.Seale; 8. S Curley, 9. C Dolan; 10. G Fallon, 11. G Keenan, 12. N Connaughton; 13. E Flanagan, 14. J Coyne, 15. R Fallon, Subs used: H Rooney, G Egan, C Coyle