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Kevin McStay: Late goal by Monaghan 'flummoxed' Roscommon

Updated: Monday, 01 Feb 2016 11:04 | Comments

Roscommon were reeled in late on by the Ulster champions
Roscommon were reeled in late on by the Ulster champions

Life back in the top flight of the Allianz League began with a defeat for Roscommon footballers as Monaghan came with a late surge to take the points in Kiltoom.

However, for Rossies manager Kevin McStay  it's a case of having to "rev up again" for the trip to Kerry next weekend.

And while McStay felt his charges were unlucky not to have forced a draw against the Farney, he is now focusing on meeting the Kingdom and getting points on the board.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: "We will go down there, challenge hard, give a good account of ourselves and see where that brings us," he said.

"This is a seven-game trip for us and we have to get points on the board as soon as we can. We have to rev up and go again next weekend."

The nature of the loss to Monaghan serves as a reminder to Roscommon that nothing will be got cheaply in Division 1. Conor McManus' goal late on was the impetus for the Farney to push in a game where the home side had a measure of control for the most part.

Reflecting further on the defeat, the former Sunday Game pundit added: "It looked like a point was on offer coming down the stretch. The conditions were bad and I knew it was going to be a dogfight in the last five or ten minutes, I though we had almost hung on.

"We made an error and the ball found the back of the net. That's what happens at this level when you make a mistake like that. You will be punished."

Even though Roscommon had a six-point lead at the break, courtesy of playing with a strong breeze, McStay was not surprised that Malachy O'Rourke's came with their charge on the resumption.

"We said at half-time that they would drive on and take the game to us. They won't stand back. They are a very experienced team. We just thought we might have had enough in the tank in the but the second goal certainly flummoxed us.

"We also went a long period where we couldn't get our hands on the ball in midfield. That nice run where we got scores just dried up completely. Then we were under pressure and they started kicking some great points from distance."

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