The FBD League Final earlier this year was a major victory for Leitrim but it seems that it proved a real turning point for Roscommon’s fortunes.
Leitrim’s victory in the 2014 Final was greeted with a lot of dissent and unhappiness among Roscommon fans but since then, they have suffered just one League defeat and they avenged that in style by beating Cavan in the Division Three League Final in Croke Park.
Roscommon’s loss in the All-Ireland U21 Final may have slowed the hype across the Shannon but they will nevertheless host Leitrim with grim and deadly intent as they seek to regain the Nestor Cup.
Their strength lies in attack where any one from Donal Shine, Senan Kilbride, Cathal Cregg, Enda & Donie Smith and Diarmuid Murtagh is a potential match-winner so matching up with them is incredibly difficult.
Shine is now at centre-forward and Cregg at full-forward but nobody with any Leitrim connection need a warning about what Senan Kilbride has done to the Green & Gold in past meetings.
Roscommon are strong too in midfield and while there is a suspicion they may be suspect in defence, outscoring Roscommon is a difficult, difficult ask.