What they said ... the football weekend in quotes

July 10, 2017

The Roscommon players celebrate in the dressing room with the trophy after their Connacht SFC final victory over Galway at Pearse Stadium, Salthill.
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"You lose you are useless, you win your are mighty. I guess we are somewhere in the middle."

Kevin McStay conjured up the perfect response to his critics.

"There was an awful lot of talk out there about unrest. There was no unrest in our dressing-room. Whatever happened between Fergal [O'Donnell] and Kevin, that's management, that's how things go. As players, you either want to play for Roscommon or you don't."

There is no doubting long-serving Roscommon defender Seanie McDermott's passion for the primrose and blue jersey.

"We seemed to be that half-yard off for long periods, whether it is the stuff you hear outside that 'Roscommon are this and that'. People forgot Roscommon are Division One for the last two years."

It's back to the drawing board for Kevin Walsh and the Tribesmen who will now face Donegal in Round 4A of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers.

"I have four years done now so they must be getting sick of me! I don't know, we'll see. This evening is probably not an evening to talk about that. Maybe four years is enough."

Colm Collins will take time out to ponder his future as Clare senior football manager.

"I think you saw more of what we're about in the second half. I don't think we were at our best but I think we are moving in the right direction."

Stephen Rochford was happier with Mayo's second-half display against the Banner County.

"We made life difficult for ourselves. We had a goal disallowed which on the face of it seemed a bit harsh. We over played another one just before half-time. We missed a lot of chances, didn't have a great day from the free kicks so delighted to get over the line."

Rory Gallagher and Donegal finished with one point to spare over Meath in Pairc Tailteann.

"It's a kind of hard to know what is and isn't a free anymore. You look at the amount of Donegal scores where one of our lads gets body checked attempting to block somebody. That's brought to the referee's attention and he does nothing about it. They're a little bit more concerned about where I stand on the sideline than making good decision on the pitch."

Referee Derek O'Mahoney didn't endear himself to Royal boss Andy McEntee.

"That's what it is all about and we know from last year, the first game of the qualifiers can be difficult because there is a hangover after losing in the Ulster championship so we are just delighted with the victory. We'll see who we get on Monday and move on then."

A trip to Netwatch Cullen Park to take on Carlow is next on the agenda for Malachy O'Rourke and Monaghan.

"The summer is flying along. We're absolutely where we want to be. We really felt that we could progress through the qualifiers, and this year we are fulfilling those promises. We feel that we could cause another upset next weekend."

Can Turlough O'Brien and Carlow derail the Farney County?

"It's been a difficult year. Just when you think you are getting a bit of momentum you get knocked back. So we have a lot of things to look at."

Leitrim manager Brendan Guckian was disappointed with their display against the Barrowsiders.

"We were in trouble in a number of areas and could have made changes early but the fellas we wanted to bring on didn't have that sort of time in them. So we had to hold our never and wait."

Tipperary came from behind to impressively claim Cavan's scalp and Liam Kearns will be hoping they can repeat the trick against Armagh next weekend.

"I thought it was some of the best football we have played all year in the first half but in the first 15 minutes of the second half we couldn't win a ball and ultimately that was our undoing."

The curtain came down on Mattie McGleenan's first year as Cavan senior football manager.

"We weren't at our best today but all we wanted was a win. Those boys got a lot of stick after the defeat to Down and they have picked themselves off the floor."

The result was all that mattered to Armagh selector Paddy McKeever.

"It's fierce disappointing. A lot of the chances we missed at crucial times fell to lads we would be very comfortable giving the ball to and they were kicking from very good positions as well."

Westmeath's profligacy in front of the posts came back to haunt them against Armagh, according to Tom Cribbin.



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