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Ulster helping out New York

THE opening round of the Ulster championship might be just over two weeks away when Antrim travel to Donegal, but there’s more than a passing Ulster interest in this weekend’s visit of Roscommon to New York, as the All-Ireland football championship gets underway. New York entertain their Connacht counterparts at Gaelic Park, but Roscommon shouldn’t be expecting any sort of a warm welcome. Having run Joe Kernan’s Galway to within an inch of their lives last season, the hosts are gunning to go one better and take a victory this weekend. They are once again under the guidance of Donegal native Seamus Sweeney, with Tyrone man Mickey McMeel by his side. They have certainly been putting the New York boys through their paces, and tonight (Thursday) will come together for their 42nd session of the season. They’re confident that their boys are as fit as anything Roscommon have to offer, and that New York will not fade in the closing stages as so often has been their downfall in the past. Alan Hearty of Armagh and Crossmaglen will be the last line of defence in the number one shirt for New York, Errigal Ciaran’s Ronan McGinley operates at corner-back, while in the other corner-back position is Monaghan’s Paul Lambe. Brendan McGourty of Ballycran occupies a wing-back berth, while Carrickcruppin’s Steven Harold will line out at midfield and his Armagh colleague Robbie Tasker will provide a scoring outlet at corner-forward, and in the other corner CJ Molloy’s people hail from Donegal.

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