DONIE: ROSIES COULD STORM CASTLE; Injury hit star backs his county to Shine at McHale Park; FOOTBALL CONNACHT SFC S-FINAL.
DONIE SHINE claims Roscommon have unfinished business to attend to with Mayo - and are out to topple last year's All-Ireland finalists in Castlebar.
Shine has massive regard for James Horan's Connacht champions, who he rates among the top four in the country.
But the 24-year-old targetman says that Roscommon still regret letting Mayo off the hook in 2011 - thus failing to put back to back provincial title wins together after the '10 triumph.
And that memory is driving them on despite their massive underdogs tag on Sunday.
"We're looking to cause an upset," declared Shine, who hopes to be sprung from the bench on Sunday.
A hamstring injury forced him to miss much of the first League campaign under new boss John Evans and Senan Kilbride starts at full-forward instead with two debutants, Darren O'Malley and Conor Daly, included in the starting line-up.
"If we can stay in the game and just match Mayo for the first 40 minutes, we'll definitely be there," said Shine. "Not much has changed since the 2011 Connacht final when we probably should have beaten them and didn't."
Of the 0-1 to 0-11 defeat Shine recalls: "It was a terrible day in the Hyde - we know we missed chances.
"Conditions were brutal on the day but it was the same for both teams. We didn't get the scores and Mayo probably deserved their win, they improved and beat Cork in the quarter-finals and went to the semi-finals.
"Then they came back last year and got to the All-Ireland final. So they've really improved since and will be tough opposition."
The way Mayo dispatched Galway suggested that they had moved to another level but Shine doesn't attribute their new-found ruthlessness to mental strength.
What he points to is the stability Sunday's opponents have achieved under Horan, superb preparation and an emphasis on an excellent strength and conditioning programme.
And, despite questions about the Mayo attack, Shine says they're in great shape.
"Regardless of what people are saying, they're putting up scorelines. And now they've Andy Moran (right) coming back - and Alan Dillon will be in even better form because he was probably a bit rusty the last day," said Shine.
"Around the middle you've the two O'Shea's who are really hard to get on top of, you've Donal Vaughan driving from defence.
"They're a really good side and we're under no illusions, it's going to be a tough game."
But, he admits, Roscommon are quietly confident under Evans, who Shine describes as a "real football man".
The introduction of the All-Ireland club Championship winners at St Brigid's was a big boost.
"It's a big deal to be missing these lads from the top club team in the country," said Shine.
sa ROSCOMMON TEAM ROSCOMMON (SFC V Mayo): D O'Malley; N Collins, N Carty, S McDermott; D Keenan, N Daly, C Daly; K Higgins, M Finneran; C Devanney, K Mannion, C Cregg; D Smith, S Kilbride, D O'Gara.
RISE AND FALL Shine gutted after Mayo kept out Roscommon in 2011 decider, above s
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jun 13, 2013|
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