Roscommon manager Anthony Cunningham says his team will have to be at their best to overcome Mayo on Sunday, but feels they are ready and fully prepared for the challenge. 

The Rossies may be underdogs for the Connacht semi-final clash, but it's worth remembering the Nestor Cup is in their possession and that they defeated Mayo at the same stage of the competition last year. 

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The two sides went in opposite directions in the league, Mayo dropping out of the top-flight with Roscommon topping Division 2.

While James Horan's side got a first run out in the win over Leitrim last weekend, their opponents will be coming in somewhat cold, notwithstanding the conlusion of the Allianz League.

Cunningham is eagerly looking forward to the contest and is expecting a formidable challenge from a strong-looking starting line-up

"We’re all set, well prepared and looking forward to the match," he told RTÉ Sport, adding that the final two league games, where they defeated Armagh and Cavan, were key to the championship build-up. 

"At this time of the year, you do need matches for the championship. It’s do-or-die this weekend. It was great to get the two league games and promotion, but that’s over and our biggest focus was always the championship. 

"Cathal Cregg and Enda Smith have gone really well for us and they lead our attack.

"Defensively we have been sound, but our biggest challenge will be this weekend with the likes of Cillian O’Connor and Aidan O’Shea leading their attack. They will be really hard to stop.

"We have to be very careful that we don’t all allow a lot of scores from those players in particular. 

Having availed of a back-door route to Croke Park in recent seasons, Mayo know everything is on the line Sunday, with Galway awaiting the winner. Cunningham has been impressed by the infusion of new faces to some of the reliable old-hands at Horan’s disposal. 

"We have to be at our utmost best to beat Mayo. They have been the second-best team in the country for the past 10 years. Those payers are still there, they have blooded new players and they are really strong." 

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