"We fought tooth and nail"

August 01, 2021

Monaghan manager Seamus McEnaney after his side's Ulster SFC final defeat to Tyrone ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Monaghan manager Seamus McEnaney says he “couldn’t be any more proud” of his players after going down in a battle against Tyrone in yesterday’s Ulster SFC final.

The Red Hands captured their first Anglo-Celt Cup since 2017 after edging out their neighbours by 0-16 to 0-15 in what was the first Ulster final played at Croke Park in 15 years.

Speaking after the one-point defeat, McEnaney said the game came down to very small margins in the end.

“Coming in today we had only lost one game in 2021,” he is quoted saying by The42.ie.

“We were confident we’d give a performance. We felt the game as a 50/50 game. Unfortunately, we didn’t bring enough energy, enough aggression, enough of what we wanted to bring to the first quarter anyhow.

“We talked about it at half-time and we looked for fight and we looked for all those things, and we got all those things. We said before the game it was a 50/50 game and it would be down to small margins.

“It ended up being down to very small margins. Maybe a shot option or a pass here or a pass there that went astray.

“Listen, we fought tooth and nail. We took it down to the wire. We took it down to the last seconds.”

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