Wednesday 16 October 2019

'To be brutally honest I just remember getting the hand pass and giving it to Fintan Cregg'

Andrew Glennon of Roscommon celebrates following the Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Mayo and Roscommon at Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar, Mayo. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Andrew Glennon of Roscommon celebrates following the Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Mayo and Roscommon at Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar, Mayo. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Sean McGoldrick

Roscommon centre-back Conor Hussey, who provided the vital assist for Fintan Cregg's dramatic winning point against League champions Mayo, said the team's 'never say die' belief had brought them over the line in the dramatic encounter.

"This is my first proper season and only my second championship game. We knew we had that performance in us. We didn't know whether we would get the win or not but it so satisfying to get that performance on the pitch. We knew if we put it in we would be there or there abouts.

"Seeing the boys come off the bench in the end gave us that confidence. We went one down in the second half. We always had that never say die belief and it paid off in the end."

The number six played down his role in setting up the dramatic winning point.

"To be brutally honest I just remember getting the hand pass and giving it to Fintan Cregg. I was thinking 'give it to his chest and he will put it over the bar'. I gave it to his chest and he did the rest."

There was more drama when Mayo had a chance of kicking the equalising point in the fifth minute of injury time but Kevin McLoughlin missed the kick on his own side.

"I just said to myself please just give us one break. Mayo are not gone yet and you wouldn't know where this season would finish up yet. But I am absolutely delighted.

"The belief was always there even when we went down to 14 men near the end. We had the belief when we seen these men coming off the bench. The 15 that started said that if we can put us in a position either three up or three down to bring on those few players anything is possible," added Hussey.

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