We were 'steamrolled', admits McStay

August 07, 2017

Roscommon manager Kevin McStay with Cillian O'Connor of Mayo.
©IINPHO/Ryan Byrne.

Roscommon manager Kevin McStay conceded that Mayo were much the better team in today's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final replay.

Asked what was the difference between the drawn and replayed encounters, the Ballina native told RTE: "One team got their stuff together and the other team fell off a cliff, I suppose.

"A young team got jumped on by a very experienced team. We never got off the blocks and they went for the jugular early on. They brought the pace and power to the game that they didn't last week.

"We just suffered one of those days that young teams suffer when they're at the bottom of the mountain. We just didn't see this coming. We thought we'd be hugely competitive and unfortunately the game was a dead duck at half-time."

He continued: "The pace and power we knew Mayo had we thought was maybe waning a bit but they brought it to the table from throw-in. A young team got steamrolled by an experienced team - it was one-way traffic and they were miles ahead of us.

"Colm Boyle and Keith Higgins made huge impacts from the sweeper position, or six position. They'd take a gamble that they'd win the ball, run off the shoulder and we could cope. They pulled us apart.

"They had energy we hadn't seen from Mayo in a while and we couldn't cope. They will be very competitive the next day (against Kerry)."

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