Roscommon boss Anthony Cunningham insisted his side's 30-point rout of Leitrim in the Connacht SFL was a worthwhile exercise that will serve them well ahead of a big Allianz Football League campaign.

The Rossies made the final of the pre-season competition for the sixth year in a row on Sunday after demolishing their opponents 7-16 to 0-07 at Páirc Sean Mac Diarmada.

Once again they'll meet Galway, who beat Mayo on penalties in the other semi-final. 

Cunningham made no secret of where his priorities lie - he is desperate to get back to Division 1 in the league after last year's relegation - and with that in mind, he was quick to talk up the positives of the cakewalk against Leitrim.

"Leitrim may have been a bit understrength, they'll have better days for sure with Terry (Hyland) and the gang," he said.

"But for us it's good to get games. It's big preparation for the league, which is now a very difficult competition and one we majorly want to do well in. 

"These competitions are for trials. The guys have worked very hard with us the last two months. We have a lot of new players in and we always want new players coming on the scene. We'd be very happy with the attitude."

Cunningham is relishing the chance to take on his native Galway in the decider as he targets an early-season victory which will launch them into the league opener against Laois at Dr Hyde Park on Saturday, 25 January. 

"It's a great game to get. We are the holders, we want to go and win but we want to use it as well for our first league which is going to be very difficult against Laois. 

"We want to step up from last year, that's very obvious. I think we have really good players and their attitude and willingness to learn is super. It's going well. We'd be happy with the progress.

"The competition out there is savage. It's really competitive. We're no fools - it's going to be very tough in the first day of the league against Laois."