McStay satisfied as Roscommon see off Cavan against Cavan

Roscommon manager Kevin McStay was satisfied with Sunday's Allianz Football League Division Two final success over Cavan at Croke Park.

An action packed match concluded in a 4-16 to 4-12 victory for Roscommon over Cavan. Niall Kilroy, David Murray, and Cathal Cregg (two ) all pounced for Roscommon goals during a dramatic encounter.

"It is a win, we got promoted, and we got the cup as well," McStay reflected after the game. "The League is over for us now, we are in Division One as we hoped to be.

"I don't think anybody is getting carried away with the type of match that was there. It was good that we don't show our hand too much at this time of the year. I'm really happy for the lads, they showed great fighting spirit, they could have shied away from it a few times.

"It looked like we were bet, we had it won a few times, and started helping Cavan get back into it. Overall it is a happy dressing room."

McStay always felt it was going to be an open game at the Jones Road venue.

"Cavan were never going to close it down and we weren't either," McStay added. "It is the league, it is kind of a bonus game and nobody is going to show their hand up here. We have a big match coming up that can qualify us for a Connacht final against Leitrim or New York. We weren't going to be showing our hand too much.

"The Leitrim or New York challenge is our next challenge. They (players ) go to their clubs now for the month of April. Down in Roscommon that is the arrangement we have. I think we will see them on April 24 and then a month later we have Leitrim or New York. The time blocks are fine for us. We are happy with it from our perspective."

The Roscommon manager admitted that his team were caught out initially by Cavan, who pounced for two goals in the first nine minutes.

"We made a mistake in the management, we didn't want to give them an overlap out around the 50 so we pushed Niall (Kilroy ) up and didn't play a sweeper for the first quarter, and we paid a heavy price for it," McStay stated.

"There is nobody infallible around here. In hindsight, it is easy to say we made an error, but the tackling wasn't good enough. We fell off tackles and didn't stand up to tackles so they got clean through. We would be disappointed with that, we had the insurance policy with Niall and we didn't use it until after the second goal. We had to cash in our chips."

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