McHugh took no pleasure from relegating Donegal

March 28, 2023

Donegal's Mark McHugh. ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson.

Roscommon coach Mark McHugh didn’t take any satisfaction from relegating his native Donegal last Sunday.

The 2012 All-Ireland SFC winner was on the sideline at Hyde Park where the Rossies hammered the beleaguered Tir Chonaill men to seal their relegation to Division 2 of the Allianz Football League.

"It's a bitter-sweet day as a Donegal man," McHugh told Ocean FM.

"You don't ever want to see Donegal like that. Unfortunately, that's just the way it is. I didn't enjoy today. I didn't enjoy being against some of my (Kilcar) club-mates there - Brian [O'Donnell] and Paddy [McBrearty]. It's not easy. You do a professional job. That's part of the gig. I just hope it doesn't happen again."

The focus for Roscommon now switches to their Connacht SFC quarter-final against Mayo in less than a fortnight’s time.

"Job number one for us this year was trying to retain that Division 1 status,” he pointed out.

“Roscommon have been known for being that up-and-down team for a long time. It wasn't guaranteed until we actually won today. It's a big monkey off our back. It's only two weeks to prepare for Mayo."

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