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New York manager's interview during the week is all the more poignant after defeat
It was no walkover

New York’s wait for a Championship win still hasn’t come to an end.

Amongst GAA fans, there was a sense that New York may pull off a shock at Gaelic Park on Sunday evening against Sligo.

After a one-point loss to Roscommon last year, it looked as if the Exiles could push on and finally cause an upset in the Connacht Senior Football Championship.

And for a while last night it looked as if they might just do it, New York scored a goal midway through the second half and took a one-point lead over Sligo.

Yet, when an upset was on the cards Niall Carew’s men came out storming.

Points from Adrian Marren and John Kelly meant Sligo regained the lead and a goal from Kyle Cawley ended any hopes of an upset.

Last week, New York manager Justin O’Halloran spoke to on the GAA Hour ahead of the crunch tie.

When asked what he wanted to bring to the team when he took over in 2015, O’Halloran’s answer is all the more poignant in the wake of their valiant effort.

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 “Pretty much just a bit of pride in your jersey and pride for your teammates and you play for each other and not for yourself.

 “The lads fed into it and we put a system together and they fed into the system and they performed with it and that’s basically it.”

New York may not have come away with the victory, but they can leave Gaelic Park with their heads held high after another fine performance for the second year in a row.

Teams travelling over to New York can no longer expect easy games and O’Halloran is a huge part to play in that.

You can listen to Justin O'Halloran's interview below from 42:40

Zach Tuohy on the latest GAA Hour show which also includes a David Breen interview and some Denis Bastick love. Listen below or subscribe here on iTunes.


While you're here, check out the latest episode of #SportsJOElive where we had Irish legends Shay Given and Clinton Morrison on the couch!


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