“This result will definitely give us confidence going forward,” McManus said. “It’s not easy going to Parnell Park at any time but we’ll be going up there looking for another two points and trying to keep our Division One status.
Tyrone boss Mickey Harte was asked afterwards if his team can avoid relegation and declared, “Absolutely. We don’t believe in dogfights, we believe in playing good football.”
The striking Limerick hurlers have again rubbished claims that they are prepared to return to training under beleaguered boss Justin McCarthy as the Shannonside shambles rolls on.
The senior players who have yet to feature for Limerick this season are unlikely to return in the near future following a statement issued on the eve of Tuesday night’s county board meeting.
In the statement the players said, “There has been a deliberate and concerted effort by members of the county board, the team management and the backroom team to influence the thinking of club delegates and the wider Limerick public.
“There has also been a deliberate and concerted effort to influence the younger players who have pulled out of the 2010 panel, with huge pressure being put on using one player against another in trying to persuade them to change their minds.
“We will not play under the current management despite rumors, stories and spins to the contrary, most of them coming from the county board and the current management team.
“There will be no more players returning to training. It is now up to the club delegates to address the matter with the county board executive. The future of Limerick hurling is in their hands.”
Dublin made it three wins from three in the NFL with a 1-9 to 1-8 victory away to Mayo on Sunday, but they had to fight hard for the points.
“We were lucky to come out with a win,” said Dublin boss Pat Gilroy after Mayo had shot 18 wides.
“Mayo missed a lot of easy frees and had trouble in general with their shooting so I think we were fortunate to hold on at the end.
Mayo boss John O’Mahony admitted, “I’m very frustrated to be honest. We created the chances, I couldn’t fault their work-rate, but we just didn’t put them away.”
Cork almost imploded before holding on for an important NFL win (1-19 to 1-17) against visitors Galway on Saturday night.
“In the second half, we gave them far too much space, didn’t close them down,” said Cork boss Conor Counihan afterwards.
“But we had a lot of young players out there and we only played well in patches. There’s lots of bottle in this Galway side, Joe Kernan has given them steel and a new spirit. We got the points, but Galway will take a lot more out of the game than we will.”
Galway boss Kernan said, “We dominated the early exchanges, but that goal scored by Pearse O’Neill cost us. It was annoying the way the red sea just split us wide open and let O’Neill in, though in fairness, he took it beautifully.”
Galway forward Sean Armstrong is out of action for the rest of the National Football League campaign -- and could miss the Championship opener in New York in May.
Armstrong picked up a hamstring injury after just 11 minutes in Saturday’s Division One defeat away to Cork as Galway lost out by just two points.
“I was very happy with how we started but once Sean got injured we seemed to lose our shape,” said Galway boss Joe Kernan afterwards.
DERRY attacker Paddy Bradley has vowed to play through the pain ahead of the Ulster SFC opener against Armagh in May after returning to action following a five month lay-off in the defeat to Kerry last Sunday.
Bradley is still suffering from the effects of a heel injury and admitted, “It was giving me bother towards the end of the second half. It’s all about getting games at this stage.”
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