"I hate sendings off" says relieved Moran

After his side's dramatic one point victory over 13 man Clare in Pairc Sean MacDiarmada on Sunday last, it was fair to say that Mickey Moran was a relieved man but felt his charges were due a slice of good fortune.

After his side's dramatic one point victory over 13 man Clare in Pairc Sean MacDiarmada on Sunday last, it was fair to say that Mickey Moran was a relieved man but felt his charges were due a slice of good fortune.

"I'm relieved and this is the first time, and this my third year, it's the first time that we got a wee bit of luck. Things have been dire in terms of work and emigration and Philly's death, maybe this is the rub of the green that this team needs to get on the road and mature them and bring them on. We've Wicklow next week and that's going to be tough but I'll luck forward to it."

Attempting to analyse what was a dramatic encounter, Mickey was pleased with the manner in which his players responded to the drubbing they received at the hands of Mayo in the final FBD match.

"After last week the lads put in a big effort, especially mentally, we're a lot better than what we produced against Mayo but to be fair Mayo were up for it." Mickey added, "Give credit to the lads, I'm happy for them, I'm delighted for the supporters. They're passionate people and what I love is for these lads to be able to give the county a lift because they're the most magnificent supporters. Even when things are bad, they'll stay to the end and support you and that's a credit to them.

"The most pleasing thing is to come bouncing back after last week's FBD, I know it was only FBD but we wanted to do well in that game and we were pulverised mentally but mentally they stood up, preparations were good this week but we'll have to do it all again next Sunday."

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