What they said … the football weekend in quotes

February 24, 2020

Mayo's Oisin Mullin under pressure from Shane Carey of Monaghan during the Allianz FL Division 1 round 4 clash between the sides at St Tiernach's Park, Clones. ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson.

“We're in a good place. I knew that we were going to give a good performance and what a place to do that, in the spiritual home of Galway football with great support again. But I always tell the lads that they have to give reason for the supporters to start following them.”

Padraic Joyce and the Tribesmen are giving their supporters plenty to cheer about in Division 1.

“Everyone is very down at the outcome of that game - at both the score line and the loss of Cathal. That has an awful impact on players who play around him and with him.”

Tyrone were comprehensively beaten by Galway but Mickey Harte was more concerned about Cathal McShane’s well-being after the final whistle.

“This is a step closer to safety. But five points will not keep you in Division 1, I can tell you that.”

Monaghan still have work to do, according to Seamus McEnaney.

“Luckily with the league you get a chance fairly quickly and we have Kerry coming to town next weekend. You have to move on straight away and try and fix a few things and play next Saturday night.”

James Horan hopes Mayo can get the disappointment of their below-par performance against the Farney County out of their system in round 5.

“It's great to be showing that type of resolve so late in the game. Plenty of character was demonstrated, though you have to ask why we're putting ourselves in such a position.”

Dessie Farrell's Dubs left it late again in Croker on Saturday evening.

“Dublin being Dublin, they were smart enough. The game was held up for a number of minutes and it broke our momentum. Listen, that's football and at this level you get punished for mistakes.”

Referee Maurice Deegan’s time keeping was called into question by Declan Bonner.

“Saturday night was a clear example of how Dublin are ruthless and they close out games - but they are also cynical.”

The circumstances surrounding Michael Murphy’s sending-off was highlighted by Allianz League Sunday pundit Oisin McConville who drew comparisons with the red card shown to Kerry’s David Clifford against Tyrone in round 3.

“Maybe I'm just being paranoid, but just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.”

Two black card decisions proved costly for Andy McEntee and the Royals against Kerry in Fitzgerald Stadium.

“We've won, we've got the two points but the manner of the victory is disappointing from my point of view. We should have managed that game out better.”

Ronan McCarthy’s Cork survived a scare against Munster rivals Tipperary to maintain their winning run in Division 3.

“We showed there we can play football against the best teams. There is a seriously good spirit there but this is going to take time. The big thing is now we need to get two or three points just to make sure that we are not going to drop.”

Despite their narrow defeat, David Power was pleased with the Premier County’s performance.

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