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“It’s their call. The fella just wants to play football. It’s very frustrating for him. It’s a wonder now because they didn’t look as close at a lot of other transfers between club and county around the country this year.”

McGeeney was also delighted to see Dermot Earley and Mikey Conway return in Sunday’s win after their recent cruciate ligament injuries.

“Both Dermot and Mikey Conway have come back from the injury. I did the cruciate once but to do it twice and be out of football for two years and be able to walk out on the pitch is an incredible achievement,” he added.

“I don’t think people out there appreciate what Dermot, and especially Mikey, did to get out on the field.”
Dubs Win

DUBLIN hammered Armagh in the National Football League in Croke Park on Sunday but manager Pat Gilroy refused to get over-excited by the result against an under-strength Ulster side.

“It’s hard enough on Armagh when they are without the Crossmaglen boys ahead of the club final,” said Gilroy.

“They had a couple of key players injured as well so we have to take it into account in terms of the way we played.

“We conceded a lot considering the dominance we had so there are a lot of little things for us to improve on. But you would have to be happy with the finishing which was quite good even though we were sloppy at times in that department.

“Generally speaking, for a March game, you would have to be happy with that kind of score.”

Armagh manager Paddy O’Rourke was adamant that neither the game nor the performance did his team justice.

“I don’t believe Dublin is that good and Armagh is that bad, there is an in between somewhere, but they are definitely a much better side than what Armagh is at the moment. We have a lot of work to do,” he said.

Down Wins

DOWN shocked hosts Mayo in the NFL in Castlebar on Sunday, but manager James McCartan felt the win was justified.

“That’s a tremendous result for us,” he said. “We’re delighted to come here and get a result. I felt we showed a wee bit of resilience. We moved the ball quicker which we’re trying to do.

“Some people think we’re trying to play some fancy defensive system, but that’s certainly not the case. We want the ball moved as quickly as possible into the forwards.

“We think we can cause problems if we do that. If we don’t, we get caught up, closed down and look a very average team.”

McCartan also felt his team has answered recent comments about them in the best manner possible.

He added, “Some of things that were said and written over the last couple of weeks probably have hurt a little. But, at the same time, we probably aren’t world-beaters but we’re in here, and we’re fighting.”
Kilkenny Wins

KILKENNY maintained their impressive start to the National Hurling League with a deserved win away to Waterford on Sunday.

“It’s beautiful weather, really mild and that is helping us,” said Kilkenny boss Brian Cody afterwards.
“It’s real hurling weather and that contributes to it. Very often at this time of the year it’s freezing cold, but this weather -- it’s like playing in the summer.”

GAA Shorts

EXPERIENCED stars John Mullane and Eoin Kelly are set to return to the Waterford hurling team, possibly in time for next weekend’s fixtures in the National League . . .

OFFALY’S Richie Dalton is to miss the entire National Football League campaign with a knee injury but manager Gerry Cooney has been persuaded to stay on by the County Board despite another defeat in the league on Sunday.