WATCH: Offaly football captain gives defiant interview after Fermanagh defeat

'I believe we will get there - we just need a bit of time'

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


Offaly football captain Anton Sullivan was in defiant mood as he was interviewed by Gaelic Weekly after his team's loss to Fermanagh in the second round of the Division 3 Allianz Football League. 

The Rhode man and his teammates lost out on a scoreline of 2-11 to 1-06 against a hardy Fermanagh outfit in Brewster Park on Sunday, falling to their second defeat in successive weeks after a heavy loss to Longford in week 1. 

Anton expressed disappointment with the result, and the manner in which the defence gave up two goals in the first half. 

"We were coming up here after a disappointing result against Longford where we didn't perform, we came up here with a positive attitude, saying we'd give it a rattle today. It was tough conditions, and it's a relatively new group of lads and we're trying to find our feet under new management," he said.

"A bit of patience is need. I believe we will get there, we just need a bit of time," the new captain added. 

He welcomed the reaction of the Offaly team in the first ten minutes of the second half when they got the goal and eventually brought it back to a three-point game. 

He also recognised that there was no real coming back from their first half goals, and said "we'll go back to trianing now Tuesday night, and we have to get better, it's as simple as that."

"I've said to the lads, it can go one of two ways - we can go back to training and work or we can drop the heads, but it would be a long year if lads were to do that," Anton commented.

"We'll just try to remain positive and keep going and we go up to Derry next weekend, and they've lost again, so it's all to play for still," he concluded.

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