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ROSCOMMON joint-manager Fergal O'Donnell said that the immediate task now was to try to put this massive defeat behind them and prepare for the qualifiers next weekend.

The former midfielder said they couldn't dwell on this disappointment, with just six days to prepare for the All-Ireland qualifiers next Saturday.

"There can be no arguments. The better team won. The game was over from an early stage.

"It's disappointing to know we were so far off the mark.

"We'll look at it this week but from early on we were in trouble, even after our disallowed goal we had a chance of a point but those 50/50 balls... we didn't seem to be at the races and obviously we were so far down we pushed up.

"We just struggled, in areas where we thought we might improve we just didn't get it."

He added that it was clear they had spent a lot of energy on their successful League campaign but now they have to save their season.

"We have been stale in the Championship.

"I have said it before, we have put a lot of effort into the League and we have to look at that.

"We don't seem to be performing as well as we can. But we're better than that performance today.

"Galway were very slick. Hats off to them they were better but we were quite poor."

O'Donnell's fellow boss Kevin McStay reiterated that it was a tough day but that they have little time to dwell on the disappointment of a provincial campaign which started out with such hope but ended in a such a big defeat.

The Rossies will now play their third game in 15 days next weekend and McStay knows only too well that they need to get over this one.

"It was a tough day, a really tough day," he said.

"The game got away from us early. After half-time really, we were just playing for pride and with half an eye on next weekend, at the same time.

"I didn't think it would work out this way.

"Galway were, by a mile, the better team.

"They got off to a flier and built and built and built. We just couldn't come to terms with that."


IT'S TOUGH TO TAKE Kevin McStay & Fergal O'Donnell

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 18, 2016
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