Mcstay: critics have been making up nonsense
Despite suffering relegation from the League's top tier, Kevin McStay has launched a stern defence of his Roscommon side and believes "people have been going around making up nonsense" since the turn of the year.
The only win of the Rossies' Division 1 campaign came last Sunday at home in a dead rubber game against Cavan, who also suffered the drop, and after the former Mayo All-Star hit back at his critics as sights move to the Connacht SFC semi-final against either London or Leitrim on June 18.
"People have been going around making up nonsense for the last four months. I've never heard the like of it. If I sound cranky, it's because we've all been under huge pressure," McStay told the Roscommon Herald.
"I could come out every week and bore holes in half the things I'm reading and hearing about. It's like people are willing this group of players to fail. That's an outrageous position for people to take.
"But it won't happen because players like Niall Kilroy, Gary Patterson, David Murray, Niall McInerney, the unsung fellas, come out here, put on the primrose and blue. Why? Because they love it. It's massive for them to play for Roscommon.
"And when we get enough lads fit and healthy enough, and up to speed, we'll see where we get to in Connacht. We're fully aiming for Leitrim, to take them out at any cost. We have to win that match. The season opens up if we beat them.
"We get to a Connacht final and we give a massive account of ourselves. You might think that I'm getting ahead of myself, but that's the challenge we've put into our dressing-room."