What they said … the football weekend in quotes

February 25, 2019

Kerry's Jack Barry has a word with a young fan after the Allianz FL Division 1 round 4 victory over Galway at Tuam Stadium. ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy.

“Someone mentioned ‘fairness’ was the word. Do we want finance or do we want fair? You make up your own mind on how that went.”

The defeat of the Donegal motion seeking to limit Dublin’s Croke Park Super 8 games to one at Congress didn’t go down well with Galway’s Kevin Walsh.

“He didn’t do too bad at all, did he? He got a great couple of balls in front of the Galway dugout in the second half. It is great to have him back, to have him as an option.”

Kerry boss Peter Keane highlighted Tommy Walsh’s contribution to the win over the Tribesmen.

“Games have gone with us or against us. It’s a really competitive league and you have to be on song for each of the games you play. Our focus will shift to Roscommon.”

Jim Gavin and the Dubs will travel to Hyde Park next Sunday.

“Dublin were very good. They were physical, bullied us a little bit and that was it, as simple as that.”

Mayo manager James Horan was impressed with Dublin’s performance in Croke Park on Saturday evening.

“The feet are firmly on the ground back we have a huge game in Omagh next week and they are not getting any easier - they are getting tougher.”

Mickey Graham wasn’t getting carried away following the Breffni County’s nine-point victory over Roscommon.

“Our energy levels were way off.”

The Rossies didn’t do themselves justice, according to Anthony Cunningham.

“It’s something for the administrators to decide because the evidence is there that you could run down the clock for a ten-minute spell without having played a lot of football.”

Mickey Harte highlighted an issue with the experimental sin bin rule following his team’s win over Monaghan.

“We are missing a number of key players and it was just a struggle in the second-half and I’m disappointed with the second-half performance. We just have to draw a line under it and move on.”

There is no point dwelling on the past, according to Malachy O’Rourke.

“Of course, there are bits that we can get better at but it was a gutsy performance.”

Andy McEntee and Meath are top of Division 2 following their six-point success over Cork.

“I felt we got a foothold for the last 15 minutes of the first-half but we didn’t drive on.”

Ronan McCarthy’s Rebels are currently in the wooden spoon position.

“We have failed to close out games successfully in the league so far but this was a change in fortune for us.”

Armagh got their promotions hopes back on track and assistant manager Jim McCorry was pleased with how they went about their business against Tipperary.

“We have too many players who are not involved just now and we can only hope to get them back on board sooner rather than later.”

The Premier County’s resources are stretched at the minute and manager Liam Kearns admits they are struggling as a result.

“Satisfied with the battle and naturally the result. We played with a ferocious level, endeavour, hunger, heart and with a lot of quality in the second-half.”

Fermanagh manager Rory Gallagher plotted the downfall of his former team in Letterkenny.

“It’s back to the drawing board and it’s a big learning curve for these young lads. We need to be more clinical.”

Declan Bonner and Donegal slumped to a second defeat in-a-row.



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