McStay accentuates the positives after Armagh draw

February 06, 2023

Mayo manager Kevin McStay. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

Kevin McStay preferred to concentrate on the positives after Mayo's thrilling Allianz Football League draw with Armagh.

The Westerners led by five points with three minutes of normal time remaining at a packed Athletic Grounds, only to see their lead slip in the closing stages. 

"It was nearly happening in front of us. We lost momentum," the Mayo manager admitted to RTÉ's Sunday Sport.

"We were in a game-winning situation. I'm going to dwell on the positives from our side.

"This was - I wouldn't say a cauldron - but it was very close to championship and the tempo was high. The last 15 minutes was championship freelancing. It was really end-to-end.

"I have to tip my hat to Armagh, they were terrific. I had a sense that they weren't going to go away. They had the experience with Galway last year, keeping going to the final minute. When I saw six [minutes injury time] on the clock I nearly fainted, but what do you do?

"At that stage we were struggling for a bit of oxygen. We tried everything. We got chances to seal it and finish it off. Didn't tidy that up, but I would still argue that when we tot it up at the end of the league that will be a really important point."

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