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Brendan Quigley: New York looking to cause a shock against Mayo

Updated: Friday, 02 May 2014 18:47 | Comments

Former Laois player Brendan Quigley will lead New York out against Mayo on Sunday Brendan Quigley (left) will lead New York out against Mayo
Former Laois player Brendan Quigley will lead New York out against Mayo on Sunday Brendan Quigley (left) will lead New York out against Mayo

New York captain Brendan Quigley has said they are not looking for a moral victory when Mayo visit the Gaelic Grounds for a Connacht Football Championship quarter-final on Sunday.

The former Laois player will play his first Championship match for New York against last year’s All-Ireland finalists, with James Horan’s men expected to coast into the next round.

But Quigley has been taken aback by the standards implored in their preparation to this quarter-final.

He told RTÉ Sport: “It was great to see the London guys and how well they did last year. It's something we will be trying to replicate.

“We don't like moral victories. We're hoping to turn Mayo over. We have to be thinking like that. If we are not thinking like that there is no point going to the game on Sunday.

“It's my first year here. I've seen what they've done here this year and I've been pretty impressed with the set-up.

“They had all the gym programmes set up for us before Christmas and after Christmas we were training two nights a week and on Sunday morning as well. It's pretty much like at home the way we are preparing this year.

“I don't know what it was like previous years. If it's anything to go by, by the way we are playing, it would have been pretty good as well.”

"It makes it a lot easier over here. You need the GAA to feel at home" - Brendan Quigley

Quigley has admitted that one of the major hurdles New York face is a lack of competitive action compared to the inter-county sides based in Ireland.

The FBD and Allianz Football Leagues have served as Mayo’s preparation with a host of matches under their belt.

It’s a different story for New York.  

“It's hard over here to get competitive games”, Quigley said.

“We had a team down from Toronto a couple of weeks ago. That was the only competitive game we really had. Mayo have had the FBD and the National League. It's where we are at. We can't do anything about it.

“I think it costs a lot of money to get a team from Ireland and with the way things are in Ireland with the economy, they don't have the money to send teams out here.

“We've had games between ourselves but it's hard to benchmark where we are when you don't have competitive games.”

After making the move to the USA, Gaelic Games have provided Quigley with a link to life back in Ireland while he pursues work in construction.

He stressed the importance the GAA has played day-to-day for Irish people that have moved to the country ahead of Sunday’s show-piece fixture.

“It's probably the biggest event on the calendar over here. We know even at home it gets a bit of coverage.

“We're playing Mayo, they are one of the top teams in Ireland. We know what is ahead on Sunday and we're looking forward to it.

“The interest over here, even the older guys that are here 20 or 30 years, it kind of keeps them going.

“It's very much like a home there. Gaelic Park is a base for all the matches and the Championship throughout the summer.

“Everybody meets there on a Sunday. It bonds everyone together. I live in Woodlawn and you might as well be living in a town at home. It's all Irish bars, Irish food, Irish people everywhere. It makes it a lot easier over here. You need the GAA to feel at home.”

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