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Wednesday 17 October 2018

No help to dwell on Kerry sickener - Walshe

Colin Walshe. Pic: Sportsfile
Colin Walshe. Pic: Sportsfile

Monaghan have already moved on from last Sunday's "sickener" against Kerry, insists Colin Walshe.

The 2013 All Star, controversially penalised in the move preceding David Clifford's equalising goal, reckons they've no other choice but to park that close-but-no-cigar Super 8 stalemate.

The issue was broached at training on Tuesday - then moved to one side as focus turns to their final Group 1 tie in Galway on Saturday week, when a draw will secure second place and a victory ensure top spot and avoiding the Dubs at the last-four stage.

"It is definitely something that you could dwell on and (look at) the ifs and buts - if we had won the game we were in an All Ireland semi-final," he reflected.

But, he added, "going into the Super 8s you wanted to be in with a chance of making the semi-final going into the third game; you wanted to have something to play for and we have done that.

"We have put ourselves in a position that it is in our hands. We are not depending on a different result.

"If we don't (qualify) then we'll say we won one game out of three and didn't do enough to get into a semi-final.

"Going into the Super 8s, we would have felt that it was going to go down to the wire. We drew a line in the sand and said that if we dwell on it, it is not going to benefit us. We will go down there (to Salthill) full focussed and try and get the win."

Walshe didn't complain about being penalised for touching the ball on the ground in the preamble to Clifford's injury-time goal - despite a rule book exception which decrees that any player who falls or is knocked to the ground while in possession "may fist or palm the ball away on the ground".

"No, I didn't know that rule. I saw it afterwards," he confirmed.

"Even knowing it and he might have got it right, the fact that I didn't feel aggrieved at the time, I was more (thinking about) letting myself get caught in that position. It didn't cost us the game. The ball still had to go the full length of the field and we still didn't stop the goal.

"It was a strange atmosphere after the final whistle. There had been a great atmosphere throughout the game in Clones. It was eerie enough, quiet, there was no sense of celebrating.

"We were disappointed. It was a sickener to lose the goal near the end, especially having a lead going into the last ten minutes. When you look back at the game we will be kicking ourselves a bit."

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