“Sight of the Roscommon jersey lifts the spirit in every Leitrim player”

Having made his debut against Roscommon back in 2004, it is easy to know how much it means to Barry Prior to be facing the current Connacht Champions in next Sunday’s Connacht Senior Championship Semi-Final in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada, joking “Its easier to get the blood up for it!”

Having made his debut against Roscommon back in 2004, it is easy to know how much it means to Barry Prior to be facing the current Connacht Champions in next Sunday’s Connacht Senior Championship Semi-Final in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada, joking “Its easier to get the blood up for it!”

By John Connolly

Roscommon have proved an insurmontable object for Leitrim over the last years and Barry admits that facing the Rossies is something that all Leitrim footballers relish - “It is easier to get the blood up for it. I suppose it goes without saying that the sight of the Roscommon jersey lifts the spirit in every Leitrim player but it is easy to get up for the match.”

And the confidence gained by the victory over Sligo is plainly visible when talking to the Aughawillan man - “Even the two weeks leading up to the match, there was a great buzz in training leading up to the Sligo game and it makes a change to the last few years where we’ve been coming in after the first round having to pick ourselves up, the buzz is there and we want to continue it as soon as possible.

“Any game I play in Carrick, I’m confident. There is always a buzz in Carrick, the home support, you see so many people you know so you have to be looking forward to it. We’re expecting another battle, same as we got against Sligo.”

The Aughawillan man has been a constant for Leitrim since his debut against the Rossies in a draw Connacht Semi-Final seven years ago but it is easy to forget that Barry is still only 26 -years-old and the victory over Sligo is just his second over one of the home based Connacht teams in that time, a fact that Barry acknowledges but points out hides many good performances from the Green & Gold.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.