Cunningham: “We’ve a fantastic chance of getting to an All-Ireland quarter-final…”

Roscommon manager Anthony Cunningham still has his sights firmly set on an All-Ireland quarter-final place – at least – despite Sunday’s disappointing Connacht final defeat to Galway.

After the match Cunningham said that Roscommon had conceded too much on the scoreboard to be in a position to win a provincial final.

“We conceded too many scores and we have to improve on that. We need to have that bit more energy and drive in our game. But Galway are a fine side, they are worthy champions. For us it’s back to the drawing board but it’s only tweaks that’s needed”.

The Roscommon manager said that he was disappointed to go in at half-time five points down, having played with the breeze.

“I thought our energy levels were probably down a bit and we probably didn’t attack the game as much as we wanted to, early on in particular. I thought the subs did extremely well when they came in, and that’s a plus as well. But early on I thought we could have done better and with the breeze in the first half to go in five points down was disappointing really”.

On a very deflating day for the team the Roscommon manager praised the display of Ultan Harney who was by far his side’s best performer. “Ultan had an outstanding game. He’s had an injury-free run this year. I’m delighted for him because it’s probably the first year in many years that he hasn’t been injured, and he’s got a great run”.

Anthony Cunningham was at pains to point out that the season is certainly not over for Roscommon.

“Look, we’ve a fantastic chance of getting to an All-Ireland quarter-final, win the next day and we’re up there. That will be difficult, but we are still looking forward to it. In fact I would prefer to be playing in two weeks again than having to wait for a month” he concluded.