What they said … the football weekend in quotes

March 04, 2019

Dublin's Dean Rock poses for a selfie with a young fan after the Allianz FL Division 1 round 5 victory over Roscommon at Dr Hyde Park. ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson.

"I think they’re quite capable of stepping up and playing in Division 3.”

A fantastic achievement - Terry Hyland has guided Leitrim to Division 3 in his first year at the helm.

“We thought we’d never see this day, but today thankfully it has come through and we’ll get a run out on the big stage.”

Leitrim captain Michael McWeeney’s dreams have come true.

“We’re fighting for our lives.”

Relegation looms ominously over the horizon for Roscommon boss Anthony Cunningham.

“To come to Dr Hyde Park, it’s a fantastic ground and to get two points here… they are really well earned.”

Tyrone is next up for Jim Gavin and the Dubs.

“We wouldn’t be happy with the performance at all. The game was riddled with errors. We coughed up possession very easily at times and took wrong options.”

Mickey Graham wasn’t a happy camper following the Breffni County’s defeat in Omagh.

“It wasn’t just any player, it was Killian Clarke, one of their main players, so he was a huge loss.”

Mickey Harte admitted the dismissal of Cavan’s Killian Clarke made life that little bit easier for the Red Hands.

“The leadership qualities of Leo and Michael were invaluable.”

Declan Bonner praised the roles played by experienced duo Leo McLoone and Michael Murphy as Donegal returned to winning ways against Armagh.

“To be fair Meath put a lot of pressure on us, you have to give them huge credit.”

A converted stoppage time Meath penalty denied Cian O’Neill and the Lilywhites in Pairc Tailteann.

“The second-half you’d have to say showed an up in the intensity levels and the tackles and the contacts all around the pitch. It told in the end.”

O’Neill’s opposite number Andy McEntee was delighted with the battling qualities shown by his players.

“It’s massive, there was an awful lot riding on the result.”

Relief was the overriding emotion for Cork manager Ronan McCarthy after the Rebels secured a first win in Division 2 at Tipperary’s expense.

“They’re all must-win games, it’s very tight.”

Liam Kearns and the Premier County have a battle for survival on their hands.

“We are mindful of the amount of mileage that he has and mindful of giving other lads chances. But then he comes in and puts in a great shift. So great credit is due to the man.”

Laois manager John Sugrue took his hat off to veteran Ross Munnelly who reached the milestone of 100 league appearances in the county jersey against Longford on Saturday night.

“In the last two matches we were flat but tonight we never gave up and worked very hard.”

Carlow put a serious dent in Louth’s promotion ambitions and Turlough O’Brien was delighted with the work ethic shown by his team.

“It’s a very positive day for Derry to get back out of Division 4. It was very disappointing for the county to go down here. We responded well and nothing was easy in this division.”

Damian McErlain and the Oak Leafers’ stay in Division 4 has been short-lived.

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