What they said … the weekend in quotes

January 22, 2018

Kilkenny and Wexford players clash off the ball during their side's Walsh Cup final at Nowlan Park.
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"One of our players got sent off and I merely said to the linesman that he was being mauled and dragged, which he was, and then he said, 'I'll put you out of the field and I said, ' You won't put me out of the field'. Then he put up his flag and somebody else may have roared something. That's as much as I said. That's the way it went."

Brian Cody gave his version of events after he was banished to the stand in Nowlan Park on Saturday.

"If we start that way against Waterford (next week in the Allianz League), we'll be out the door and gone - we'll be hammered. We can't afford to start that lackadaisical; we did it against Dublin last week."

Wexford can't afford any slow starts in the Allianz League according to Davy Fitzgerald.

"I'm loving it. I love every moment of it. I'm delighted and everything is going great. Ulster football is very tough but that's what I signed up to and I love a good challenge. I love the atmosphere and the rivalry between the counties."

St Vincent's clubman Nathan Mullins delivered a 'man-of-the-match' performance in Donegal's Dr McKenna Cup semi-final success over Armagh.

"I think we were still missing seven of the guys who started the All-Ireland final, so there was opportunity there for the wider squad. That sort of performance won't get you any points in Clones, but we will see how we get over the rest of the week and get ourselves ready."

Mayo laboured to a 1-10 to 0-11 FBD Connacht League win over Leitrim and Stephen Rochford has turned his attention to next weekend's trip to Monaghan.

"Job done, we're delighted to get out of here. The conditions again today, the pitch was in excellent shape but it was slippery on top. I think there were a lot of cobwebs out there from not having played since the Connacht final six weeks ago. Hopefully the game will bring us on a bit but we've a lot of work to do."

It was mission accomplished in London as far as Corofin boss Kevin O'Brien was concerned.

"The call could have been made a bit sooner, maybe last night (Saturday). People were posting images of the condition of the pitch on social media, and I don't think the water was going to subside within that time-frame."

Moy's All-Ireland Club semi-final against An Ghaeltacht fell victim to the weather and the Tyrone club's joint-manager Gavin McGilly was critical of the powers-that-be.

"I wish John (Sugrue) the best of luck and it is not because he or his management team is in place that I have decided to retire. He did text me last year and I told him I was caught up with work and I just hadn't the time. But look I'm 32 now and I'll be 33 in the summer. So the time is up, I've run out of road."

Long-serving Laois footballer Kevin Meaney announced his inter-county retirement.

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