What they said … the football weekend in quotes

February 03, 2020

Monaghan and Tyrone players scuffle off the ball during the Allianz FL Division 1 round 2 clash at St Mary's Park, Castleblaney. ©INPHO/John McVitty.

“It’s my second, only my second may I add. An oul’ National League game in 2010 in Inniskeen, I could nearly tell you the date and time! I was on the end of it the other way lads.”

Monaghan’s impressive win in Castleblayney was only the second time that ‘Banty’ McEnaney got the better of Tyrone in his managerial career.

“It’s a flattering scoreline for us because we were probably beaten by much more than that.”

Mickey Harte’s Red Hands played second fiddle to the Farney County.

“Anyone I’ve met since thought it was very, very harsh but I will have a look at it later and see.”

It’s safe to assume that Mayo manager James Horan would have agreed with the opinion of those he was talking to after watching back the incident that resulted in a red card for Jordan Flynn in Castlebar on Saturday evening.

“We didn’t play particularly well in the first half and Mayo brought a lot of energy and intensity to it. We were slow getting out of the traps, but in the second half we were much better.”

It was a first league win for the Dubs under the guidance of Dessie Farrell.

“I thought at the start we had a bit of hangover from last week against Mayo but after that we were in complete control and the only disappointment was we could have gotten more scores.”

After conceding a last gasp equalising goal to Mayo in round 1, Declan Bonner’s Donegal made no mistake against Meath.

“We left too much behind us. That’s down to some of the players that played, we are not sharp enough yet. We left a minimum of 2-6 behind us.”

Galway squandered too many scoring chances against Kerry, according to Padraic Joyce.

“We’re delighted with the performance and result, but we’re not overly surprised by it because it’s what we are seeing in training since we started.”

Laois have three points from a possible four on the board under Mike Quirke’s stewardship.

“Poor shots from play, poor shot selection, poor passing, hand-passing the ball into ground, you could go through the list.”

Armagh’s performance fell a long way short of the standards that Kieran McGeeney has set.

“This Tier Two thing is looming and as much as you don’t want to talk about it and say to the players it’s not important now, all your focus needs to be on the game, you boys in the media and everyone else is talking about.”

Paddy Tally was a happy manager after Down edged out Derry by two points in Pairc Esler on Saturday evening.

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