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'Stephen Cluxton must have lost his footing!' - Sean Quigley on Fermanagh's controversial goal

Published 02/08/2015 | 18:50

2 August 2015; Se?n Quigley, Fermanagh, looks towards the umpire to award a goal for his side after Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton carried the ball over the line. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Dublin v Fermanagh. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: D?ire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
2 August 2015; Se?n Quigley, Fermanagh, looks towards the umpire to award a goal for his side after Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton carried the ball over the line. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Dublin v Fermanagh. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: D?ire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton argues with the umpire after the umpire awarded a goal for Fermanagh.

Sean Quigley joked that Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton tried to push him and must have lost his footing following the controversial decision to allow Fermangh's goal to stand in Croke Park today.

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Jim Gavin's Dublin moved into the last four where they will face the winners of Donegal or Mayo after an eight-point victory over a gallant Fermanagh today.

Dublin ran out eight point winners, but a spirited display from the Ulster side saw them outscore their hosts 2-08 to 1-10 in the second half as they refused to wilt under the pressure of the Dublin attack.

The officials decided that Quigley's goal should stand,  despite appearing to push Cluxton back over the line, with many observers expecting the shot-stopper to be awarded the free-out.

Speaking to Marty Morrissey after the game, Quigley joked that Cluxton was the one who initiated the contact and added that it was the rub of the green they needed with the odds stacked against them.

"You just hope for the best in them situations," he told The Marty Squad on RTE Radio One.

"I think Stephen made an attempt to push me out of the way. He stumbled back into the goals . I don't know what happened, he must have lost his footing or something.

"I suppose when you are from Fermanagh, coming up to Dublin you need those bits of luck to life a game. When you are coming up against Dublin, a classy outfit like they are, we are going to take anything we can get".

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