Roscommon Connacht Senior Football Champions 2010
To win a provincial final is always sweet. To do so against all odds is all the sweeter. Fergal O’Donnell’s men tore up the script in Castlebar last Sunday to record a famous victory that will live long in the memory of all primrose and blue supporters.
Sligo were the hottest of favourites and perhaps deservedly so having performed well against “the big two”, Mayo and Galway. Roscommon, in many people’s eyes, were only there to make up the numbers. After all, they had been relegated to division four and were not overly impressive against either London and Leitrim.
Yet somehow, and presumably O’Donnell and his backroom team played a big part in this, they played with a confidence and self-belief that belied their underdog status. The 4/1 on offer about them looks very generous now.
Clann na Gael’s Donie Shine deservedly stole many of the headlines with an outstanding contribution of ten points, but in truth this was the classic team performance. Roscommon had heroes in every line, starting with goalkeeper Geoffrey Claffey who denied Sligo’s David Kelly a certain goal early in the second half. Back: Karol Mannion, David O’Gara, David Keenan, Cathal Dineen, David Casey, Gepffrey Claffey Front: Ger Heneghan, Michael Finneran, Stephen Ormsby, Peter Domican, Cathal Cregg, Sean McDermott, Sean Purcell, John Rogers, Donal Shine.
Size: 450mm x 320mm (17 3/4” x 12 1/2”)