Leinster star Ryan following a trail
For all the talk about Leinster and Ireland rugby player James Ryan’s flawless record as a senior professional athlete, it is still in its infancy. Brian Fenton, remember, has only lost two games — Kerry last year and Monaghan the weekend before last, both in the league — and won all but one of the competitions he has entered. The Raheny man is now in his third sea- son as a Dublin footballer. Then there is Con O’callaghan who yesterday nonchalantly added a Division 1 title eight days after his second All-ireland Club SHC win with Cuala. Bear in mind what O’callaghan achieved last year in claiming All-ireland, Dublin, and Leinster Club hurling honours alongside Leinster and All-ireland intercounty titles, as well as young footballer of the year and All-star accolades.
Success follows all three but Fenton and O’callaghan are further down the road than their fellow Dub.
John Fogarty roscommon rebirth
We said it after Roscommon’s win over Cork the weekend before last and we’ve been left with no option but to touch on it again here given the impact Roscommon enjoyed off the bench; the layer of depth that has been added to Kevin Mcstay’s panel by players who have returned to the fold after missing 2017 has considerably strengthened their hand. The Roscommon subs contributed 2-4 against Cavan, with Cathal Cregg’s two goals effectively deciding the outcome. Cregg started only one game for Roscommon this spring and despite his 2-1 contribution, it is conceivable he will continue to be used in the role of impact sub