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Published: 09:45 | 18/7/16

O'Donnell keen to move on from defeat


Roscommon joint-manager Fergal O'Donnell wants his side to move on from their crushing 3-16 to 0-14 defeat to Galway in the Connacht SFC final replay and prepare for next weekend's All-Ireland qualifier.

Roscommon never threatened their provincial rivals in Sunday's replay at MacHale Park with the game over as a contest before the half hour mark.

With just six days to prepare for Round 4A of the qualifiers, however, O'Donnell admits they must put the defeat behind them and try and improve before the meeting with Clare.

"There can be no argument, the better team won. The game was over from an early stage," O'Donnell said.

"It's disappointing to know we were so far off the mark. We'll look at it this week but from early on we were in trouble, even after out disallowed goal we had a chance of a point but those 50/50 balls...we didn't seem to be at the races and obviously we were so far down we pushed up."

Roscommon enjoyed a strong run in the Allianz Football League and O'Donnell believes their efforts earlier in the year have taken their toll on the players.

"We have been stale in the Championship. I have said it before, we have put a lot of effort into the League and we have to look at that," he is quoted as saying in the Irish Mirror.

"We don't seem to be performing as well as we can. But we're better than that performance."

O'Donnell's joint-manager Kevin McStay admitted it was a difficult day for the team.

"It was a tough day, a really tough day. The game got away from us early. After half-time really, we were just playing for pride and with half an eye on next weekend, at the same time," he stated.

"I didn't think it would work out this way. Galway were, by a mile, the better team."

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