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Roscommon manager plays down hopes ahead of Mayo clash

Updated: Thursday, 05 Jun 2014 10:28 | Comments

John Evans celebrates Roscommon's 1-17 to 0-18 victory over Cavan in the Division 3 league final
John Evans celebrates Roscommon's 1-17 to 0-18 victory over Cavan in the Division 3 league final

Manager John Evans has attempted to dampen Roscommon expectations ahead of their Connacht Football Championship semi-final clash against Mayo on Sunday.

The Rossies have been going well of late and their good league form in winning Division 3, backed up by an emphatic 1-18 to 0-13 victory over Leitrim in the championship, has left many in the county believing they can now upset Mayo.

Evans had his feet firmly on the ground though, telling the Roscommon Herald: "Ah look, I think we're losing the run of ourselves. Mayo are a different animal.

“They probably started their gallop a little too early last year. They're coming into the championship with a lower profile this season but they're still a dangerous animal to be dealing with.

"I expect them to come out all guns blazing. Anyone that has any doubts about them are going to be disappointed.

“They want to win the All-Ireland and prove everybody wrong. They are the second best team in the country and went very close to Dublin in last year's All-Ireland final. They gave Roscommon a bit of a drubbing in Castlebar last year.

"We'd be hoping for an improvement. I think that if we can give them a close game, a far more competitive game and a good game, I'd be well pleased with that."

Roscommon meet Mayo in Dr Hyde Park at 2pm on Sunday and the match is live on RTÉ Two.

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