Former Amagh footballer Oisin McConville believes that the provincial championships are "biting back" after several high-profile pundits called for an end to the traditional structures in the GAA.

Euphoric scenes erupted in Salthill when Roscommon defeated Galway in the Connacht final on Sunday.

"The provincial championships are biting back in a massive way this year," McConville told RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland.

"There has been lots of talk about Ulster over the last few weeks but that Connacht final yesterday, Roscommon’s second-half performance and then the outpouring of emotion tells you everything about provincial finals and what it means to teams like Roscommon."

Anthony Cunningham's side were five points down at half-time but a goal from Diarmuid Murtagh straight after the break brought them back into the game. They pushed on from there and secured the win.

"They would feel that they wanted to prove the point that a couple of years ago wasn’t just a fluke, they wanted to back that up.

"You could say they looked even more impressive now than they have done over the last couple of years.

"Diarmuid Murtagh was saying it’s up to them to perform in the Super 8s and that is what they they will be looking to do, last year they were very disappointing so they must step on.

"It’s great that they have three weeks and they have an opportunity to enjoy it along with their fans last night."

It's a first season in charge for Cunningham who replaced Kevin McStay last year and McConville feels the team have improved since the Galway man took charge.

"Defensively they are a lot better than they have been, they are a lot more solid, there is a bit of a bite about them, they don’t look to have the soft centre that they maybe had last year.

"Yes they can kick on, they have an opportunity to take a big scalp but whether they can finish top two that remains to be seen, they need to kick on and improve because yesterday’s first half performance was really really poor."