Tuesday 27 September 2016

Fermanagh star Quigley hits back at 'patronising' McGuinness

Published 07/08/2015 | 02:30

Sean Quigley: 'The whole talk has been of Fermanagh 'celebrating defeat'. In no way were we celebrating getting beaten – we were celebrating the fantastic year that we've had'
Sean Quigley: 'The whole talk has been of Fermanagh 'celebrating defeat'. In no way were we celebrating getting beaten – we were celebrating the fantastic year that we've had'

Fermanagh star Sean Quigley has hit back at "patronising" remarks from former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness in the wake of his side's All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Dublin in Croke Park last Sunday.

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McGuinness wrote of his surprise at the way the Ulster side and their supporters greeted their defeat at the hands of Dublin, but Quigley (above) insists those scenes were misinterpreted.

"There wasn't any talk of Kildare getting hammered by Kerry the way they did and there hasn't been any talk of that since either," Quigley said, at the launch of new MD match approved football.

"The whole talk has been of Fermanagh 'celebrating defeat'. In no way were we celebrating getting beaten - we were celebrating the fantastic year that we've had.

"It has been talked up that we were celebrating getting beaten by eight points instead of 80 points.

"Absolutely not, we were celebrating the fact that we got promotion, we got a great run in the Championship and we got to an All-Ireland quarter-final - which, I guarantee you, if you'd predicted that at the start of the year to Jim McGuinness he'd have laughed at you.

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"It's a bit patronising because if I can recall one of the last All-Ireland quarter-finals that Jim McGuinness was involved in, they got beaten by 16 or 17 points.

"So it's a wee bit patronising coming from him. And the fact that he's a Donegal man, he's not 100 miles away from Fermanagh, it's a bit disappointing really.

"He needed to realise that we were going up with no-one giving us a hope - the only people that believed in us were the Fermanagh fans and the management and the players.

"Come here, let them at it, everyone to their own."

Quigley insisted that after their run to the last eight, Fermanagh can now aim for a first Ulster title in 2016.

"The way this year has finished, it's really given us something to push on from," he said.

"There's no point denying it, we're going to try and give Division 2 a good rattle, stay in Division 2 hopefully, and then go for an Ulster title.

"I think it's well within our means to push on and win an Ulster title for the first time."

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