Delighted Cox accepts Cup

The moment that Roscommon captain Ray Cox lifted the Paddy Brett Cup was a sweet one for the thousands of Roscommon supporters who travelled to Galway city for last Sunday’s double-header. Roscommon GAA hasn’t had much to shout about since the 2006 All-Ireland Minor success, and it was heartening to listen to our county’s throaty acclamation of Roscommon’s captain as he held the cup aloft. Cox’s acceptance of the trophy was gracious, and his short address to the 11,500 people present was very well received.   ‘It gives me great pleasure to lift this cup on behalf of county Roscommon, and on behalf of my teammates,’ said the St. Faithleach’s clubman. ‘It is brilliant to win this trophy: we gave it 100% today and we have given it nothing less than 100% since we came together as a squad.’ Cox thanked manager Mick Jordan, selector Jim Gaffney, and trainer Ian Daly during his speech, and he was similarly effusive in his praise of the management team when he spoke to the Roscommon People after the game. ‘Mick and Jim and Ian have been great since we came together and today is great for them too. I want to thank them on behalf of the players for what they have done for us and for giving us the opportunity to play in a Connacht final in Salthill.’ Was he tired towards the end of extra-time? ‘The age and the fitness level definitely showed alright: I was cramped towards the end,’ said the 32-year-old captain. ‘We’ve plenty of time before the All-Ireland semi-final though, and we’ll be working hard for the next nine weeks,’ said Cox.