McStay targets 'big prize'

June 13, 2018

Roscommon manager Kevin McStay.
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Roscommon manager Kevin McStay feels that the winners of this year's Connacht SFC final could dominate for a few years.

The Rossies take on Galway in the provincial decider on Sunday afternoon. McStay's charges will have home advantage for the clash as they look to defend their title in a repeat of last year's decider.

The Mayo native believes that this could be a landmark final as the winners are young and hungry enough to go on and dominate the province for a few years.

"It's a big moment in Connacht, that nexus is being reached. We think we're a coming team, Galway think they are a coming team and Mayo aren't sure where they are right now," McStay told the Westmeath Independent.

"So there's a big prize on offer; whoever comes away with the title this year is likely to have a big say in what's going on around the place for the next few years. We have the age profile and the ability to be part of that conversation.

"I think last year we got a little step on Galway, but we never kicked on, like Galway have kicked. We have a great chance to move on but we never got going against Mayo (in the All-Ireland quarterfinal replay), the league never sparkled too hard for us, and Galway in division one were driving it on week on week, so they got a step on us.

"But as the championship comes, the gap closes again, so there's a lot up for grabs in this final."

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