'No, it doesn't feel like a defeat'

June 17, 2024

Brian Howard of Dublin and Mayo's Ryan O'Donoghue ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Mayo manager Kevin McStay was in defiant mood after his side’s draw with Dublin.

A late Cormac Costello point denied Mayo a noteworthy victory in Dr Hyde Park, prompting RTÉ’s Damien O’Meara to ask McStay if the result felt more like a defeat.

"No, it doesn't feel like a defeat Damien,” the fired-up manager replied.

"At the same time, no interest in moral victories either. We got ourselves into a great position. I hope that people realise now that we were trying to win the game.

"The nonsense that people were waffling about saving yourself for next week... we gave it our best shot, but look, Dublin are a terrific team. Very hard to see how they'd come back from that, but they did it."

"You're thinking all we need is a bounce or a break here and we're going to hold on, but the Dubs are a good team and they worked a solution.

"What I want to put on record is how proud I am of our team.

"We asked for a big effort and I felt we went so deep into the well and almost pulled it off. We just got clipped at the end," added McStay, whose team now head for the All-Ireland SFC preliminary quarter-finals.

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