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Published: 10:10 | 11/7/16

McStay relieved to have secured a replay


Kevin McStay has urged his Roscommon players to take their chance when they renew rivalry with Galway in the Connacht SFC final replay.

Roscommon held a three-point lead over their provincial rivals at half-time but they found themselves trailing just over ten minutes into the second-half as Galway fared best in the atrocious conditions at Pearse Stadium.

They were still behind as they game moved into stoppage time before Donie Shine sent his free through the posts to rescue a draw for the Rossies.

McStay was relieved to have secured a replay and has called on the players to seize their second chance when the two sides meet again next weekend.

"We are still breathing, we are still in it and we still want to go to Croke Park as champions and we still can," Shine is quoted as saying in the Irish Sun.

"We are delighted with a replay, we have a lot to figure out. Our young men have come through a Connacht final and we have another three Under-22s that have come through it.

"That was some kick Donie made, he's only a young fella. They aren't tap-overs, they are monstrous scores. They showed great composure.

"For the losers next week it's a booby prize because they are playing the following week in Round 4, so there's a big prize on offer as well as being the champion team to get the fortnight rest. It's tightening up now."

Galway manager believes his side should have seen the game out, but he is pleased to still be in with a chance of claiming the Connacht title.

"You'll take the draw. Would you take it with three minutes to go? No," Walsh stated. "Would you take it five minutes gone into the game? You would.

"You're two points up with a breeze behind your back, you would like to see it out. But we had one or two chances that we didn't put over the bar and one or two counterattacks that ended up in or or two late Roscommon frees.

"It is half-time now in a two-game series."

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