GAA Digest: Ordinary Tipperary better than Waterford


“I did indicate to the county chairman that if we even had got to the Ulster final and won it I wouldn’t be going on for the next year or the year after,” said McEneaney.

“It’s a long-term job now and from what I have seen in the last 12 months I felt it would take someone else to take it on for the next three years.
“I’m just not in a position to do that. I have a family and my own lad Jim is playing senior inter-county football for Louth.”

Laois coach Justin McNulty was in happier mood and said, “It’s been a while coming, the sort of performance we have been seeking for two years now.”
Mayo Wins

MAYO boss James Horan saw little to excite the crowd in his team’s Connacht final 0-12 to 0-10 win over Sligo on Sunday, but he was happy with the result.

Horan said, “It was a dog fight and a horrible match to watch on the sideline but we showed a lot of fighting character and showed what a strong team we are with the subs that came on, they made a huge difference to us and probably swung the game and we got there.

“Back to back Connacht titles - we are happy with where we are. We are looking forward to the next three weeks and we have an amount of work to do.”

Limerick Wins

LIMERICK captain Niall Moran wants the GAA to re-examine the National Hurling League structures after his team dumped Clare out of the All-Ireland qualifiers at the weekend.

Limerick will now meet All-Ireland champions Kilkenny in the quarterfinal of this year’s competition with the Cats already the red hot favorites to advance.

Moran feels his team’s chances of competing at the highest level will be hampered by their presence in the second tier of the National League next season after the GAA decided to curtail the top flight to just six teams.

Speaking to RTE Radio after the win over Clare, he said, “We’re very, very disappointed not to be in Division 1A of the league next year.

“There’s no doubt that we’re good enough for it. There’s no doubt that Offaly and Wexford are good enough for it. There’s no doubt that Clare are good enough for it.

“And I would still urge the GAA to have a look at it because unless we’re playing those teams, and those teams are competing against each other, the thing will not develop, and that’s vital.”

Kildare Wins

SEANIE Johnston finally made his Kildare debut as the Lilywhites hammered his native Cavan in the All-Ireland qualifiers on Sunday, albeit as a 10 minutes substitute.

Johnston scored the final point of the game from a free as Kildare progressed to the next round, with manager Kieran McGeeney adamant the former Cavan forward deserved his chance.

McGeeney said, “He was playing well in training. It’s like everybody else, I can’t treat him any differently. If he’s playing well he’s entitled to a start.

“I would have liked to have put all this to bed four or five months ago but that’s, like, he was playing well at training this week. He deserved a chance so he got it.”

Cavan boss Terry Hyland clearly doesn’t see Johnston turning Kildare into All-Ireland winners judging by his post-match comments.

“Good luck to Seanie, he’s a good footballer but he’s not an all-star and good luck to Kildare, they are progressing, but they haven’t won any All-Irelands yet,” he said.
Tipperary Wins

WEXFORD boss Jason Ryan was left ‘devastated’ by his team’s narrow defeat to Tipperary in the All-Ireland qualifiers on Saturday – just a fortnight after running Dublin close in the Leinster semifinal.
Ryan admitted, “We’re devastated we are out of the championship. It is absolutely devastating.

“We had 17 missed scoring chances in the game so there you go. We had enough opportunities in the game, just like we did against Dublin, but we just did not take them and that’s that.”