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Roscommon's Kerryman Blown Away By Dressing Room Spirit

Roscommon's Kerryman Blown Away By Dressing Room Spirit

There were joyous scenes for Roscommon on Saturday evening as they beat Mayo in Castlebar in a championship game for the first time in 33 years.

One of the architects of the win was a forward relatively new to the Rossies' panel: Conor Cox.

From Listowel, Cox transferred to play inter-county football with the Connacht side ahead of this year's National League. His father Martin hails from Roscommon.

Cox had played National League with Kerry on and off between 2013 and 2016 but never featured in a championship game. He also won three All-Ireland junior titles with the Kingdom.

He scored five points against Mayo on Saturday night, three of those coming from play, enough to be named Man of the Match by Sky Sports.

Speaking after the game, Cox said that when making the decision to move, he had envisioned a day like Saturday.

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I'd seen a good few Roscommon games over the last few years, they a Division 1 team for a reason. They're top quality.

We game here today thinking we had a chance and got out with a win, which we're delighted by.

We tackled hard, we worked hard off the ball, we worked for each other. There's a great team spirit in there. It's something I've never been part of, the team spirit that's in this dressing room - it's unbelievable.

The boys, day one since I walked into the dressing room, have been nothing but kind and making sure that I feel part of the group. They're a great bunch of lads.

We've nothing won yet. We've a Connacht final coming, which is going to be another tough game.

Asked about his game stepping up a level this year, Cox simply put it down to hard work.

"I enjoy training, both in the gym and on the field. When I wasn't involved with this, I was still training with Listowel Emmetts and Feale Rangers. I enjoy playing football and as long as that continues, I'll continue training."

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