What they said … the weekend in quotes

July 29, 2019

A young Wexford fan looks on during the All-Ireland SHC semi-final clash against Tipperary at Croke Park. ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

“Whether I can do it again, I don’t know. I don’t want to think about it for a while. I think I just need to stop. It’s been 18 years playing and 12 or 13 with no breather.”

Question marks hang over Davy Fitzgerald’s future as Wexford boss.

“We made a promise to ourselves that we’d give it everything. And that’s the most pleasing aspect of the game. They definitely died in their boots today for me.”

Liam Sheedy has guided Tipp to this year’s Liam MacCarthy Cup showpiece.

“We were questioned beforehand about what we can and can't do. I'll tell you anyone that was looking for answers got them today.”

‘Man-of-the-match’ Noel McGrath and his team-mates answered their critics in fine style.

“It’s either in a fella or it’s not. You can’t send out fellas there that you know in your heart and soul are never going to be able to do that.”

The Kilkenny players rewarded Brian Cody’s faith in them against Limerick.

“That defeat won’t define that group. If anything, it will strengthen the resolve of this group to come back again.”

The Treaty County will be back vowed John Kiely.

“I actually believe that type of accusation of disrespecting the traditions of the game is part of the last remnants of British culture on these islands.”

Sunday Game analyst Donal Og Cusack argued against criticism of the sweeper system in hurling on last night’s show.

“Playing so well against Galway in the second-half of the last match, although beaten, boosted their confidence no end.”

Richie Mulrooney and Kilkenny will renew acquaintances with three in-a-row chasing Galway in the All-Ireland MHC decider on August 18.

“If lads are performing really well with their clubs, they’re welcome to come back into the group. Diarmuid is playing really well with the club and the lads are just buzzing to have him back in. Not only is he a serious talent but he’s a serious leader within the group and has been for the last 10 years.”

Diarmuid Connolly has been welcomed back into the Dublin set-up with open arms, according to Ciaran Kilkenny.

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