GAA Digest: Cork easily beat dismal Kerry
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“We knew it was going to be a difficult match as they prepared really well, with challenge games against Dublin and Cork. All I can say is that we’re still in the Leinster championship and we live to fight another day.”
Carlow boss Dempsey was full of praise for his team. “It’s only what the players deserve. We battled so hard. At the start of the second half we had chances that went a begging and I thought it was going to be one of those days that underdogs often have,” he said.
“To be proud of these lads is an understatement. Daniel St. Leger went off after the break and that was a blow for us, but we have 26 lads who have given huge commitment over the last few weeks. The subs that came made a huge difference.
“For the replay, it’s back to the drawing board for both teams. We don’t have huge resources in Carlow but we have plenty of spirit.”
TYRONE boss Mickey Harte paid tribute to Armagh forward Jamie Clarke as his team hung on for an Ulster SFC 0-19 to 1-13 win against the Orchard County at the Athletic Grounds on Sunday.
“Quality players cannot be stopped, they can only be contained to a degree. That is what we tried to do with Jamie,” said Harte.
“We tried to do that in as positive a fashion as we possibly could. It wasn’t a case of closing him out and sending two men on him.
“We tried to get a man to hold him up until the artillery arrived and helped him out. But Jamie Clarke is that type of talent. He doesn’t need that much space or that much room. That is what the game is all about. It is good to have people like him in the game.”
Armagh are destined for the All-Ireland qualifiers now, but manager Paddy O’Rourke was far from despondent after the Tyrone game.
O’Rourke said, “It’s all about building a team. There’s a lot of young players on that team, and if they want to move on, they have an opportunity to play in the qualifiers.”
The dismissal of Kevin Dyas and an injury to Aaron Kernan were major setbacks for Armagh on the day.
O’Rourke acknowledged, “Those things don’t help, but sometimes you can deal with those things, but it’s very difficult to play against Tyrone with 15 players.”
WEXFORD broke Longford hearts with a last gasp winner in their Leinster SFC replay in Tullamore after a game that had a bit of everything according to winning boss Jason Ryan. The final score was 1-13 to 0-15.
Longford led by three points late on but Wexford rallied and pulled the game out of the bag with a crucial late point from Redmond Barry.
“It is a relief to get a very important win,” said Ryan afterwards. “We haven’t won a game for a while, so it’s great to get a win there.
“It was great excitement. It was nail-biting stuff. And there was a big, big, big crowd here and they got value for money again.”
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