Ryan lauds players as Longford bow out

Despite his disappointment Longford manager Glenn Ryan was full of praise for his side after they were beaten by a formidable Tyrone team in the All-Ireland Qualifier at Pearse Park on Saturday evening last.

Despite his disappointment Longford manager Glenn Ryan was full of praise for his side after they were beaten by a formidable Tyrone team in the All-Ireland Qualifier at Pearse Park on Saturday evening last.

Many had expected Longford to provide a stern test for Mickey Harte’s team but experience told in the end and the Ulster side ran out five point winners. Speaking to the Leader after the game Ryan said, “When you look at it from the point of view of the effort that was put in, you ask ‘could the players have done anymore?’ You would say ‘no’. Every fella put in everything that was asked of him and did as much as was expected. It’s disappointing that it’s all over now but I really thought we had a good chance against them. We proved it at times but the goal was crucial.”

Longford went in at the break leading by a point but Tyrone made an excellent start to the second half scoring 1-3 without reply. Mark Donnelly’s goal proved the difference and changed things. “We had to chase the game as opposed to what we were hoping for. We were hoping that they would be chasing the game but they got a flying start to the second half,” said Ryan.

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