Bradley: No way should we have been 3/1 underdogs

Liam Bradley hopes the public will have greater appreciation for the Antrim footballers after Saturday’s defeat of Galway.

Beating a team with the tradition and status of the Tribesmen was no mean feat for a county lacking a little in both of those departments.

The Saffrons were dismissed as 3/1 outsiders prior to the game, even though they were at home and Galway were without a win in the qualifiers since 2004.

Such odds made no sense to Bradley and he hopes football fans will start to give his players the respect they deserve.

“No way should we have been 3/1 underdogs,” he said.

“Sligo and ourselves would be on a par and we knew that if Sligo could turn Galway over, then so could we.

“Maybe we crept over the line rather than run through it, but these guys are good footballers. I’ve been preaching it for the last four or five years. People talk about the standard of football in Antrim being poor. It’s not. Kevin O’Boyle to me is the best corner back in Ulster but he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. Michael McCann took that game by the scruff of the neck, he was awesome, and people talk about Michael Meehan, but I don’t think he came up against the likes of Justin Crozier before.’

Bradley was in jubilant mood in the aftermath and his mood was in stark contrast to what was going on down the hall. There was an eerie silence as the Galway players walked slowly out of the changing-room and braced themselves for the long journey home.

Alan Mulholland then confirmed he will be around next year to continue what he started — an overhaul of Galway football.

Mulholland: “We thought we had made progress in the league and against Roscommon but you’d have to be objective and say we didn’t perform against Sligo. This is not what we wanted. We knew if we won today it would have been an achievement for us, to beat a team outside of Connacht.

“We’ll all take a while to settle on this. I’m going to sit back and reflect on it but of course I want to (stay on).”

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