Roscommon look to get back to winning ways against Donegal

Roscommon manager, Kevin McStay. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Roscommon manager, Kevin McStay. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Roscommon make a welcome return to Dr Hyde Park on Sunday for a crunch Allianz Football League Division One clash against Donegal.

Last weekend, Roscommon were beaten by Tyrone at Healy Park, while Kerry outfoxed Donegal in Letterkenny. Ultimately it means both teams will be especially eager to earn victory at the Hyde.

Roscommon showed glimpses of their ability, as Niall Daly hit an early goal, but Tyrone led by 0-10 to 1-2 at the interval.

“At half time we were in a very tough place – these are a top-four team playing at home, so it couldn’t really get any tougher for us,” manager Kevin McStay remarked. “We said this game could get really ugly if we don’t knuckle down into it and really fight on.”

McStay was disappointed with the conversion rate in attack: “I was very happy with the second half, but it comes back down to missed chances,” he reflected. “You get the big chances and you put them away, it changes the tempo of it.”

That was something Tyrone boss Mickey Harte also spoke about: “Roscommon could have had more scores in the first half, they had one goal and we had two very good stops to stop it being three,” he said. “If they had three goals by half time it would’ve been a very different game. We weathered the storm, we have to be happy with the end result. A six-point win, I suppose, is convincing enough.”

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