Anthony Cunningham heaped praise on new Roscommon footballer Conor Cox after his five frees saw Roscommon to victory over Monaghan.
The Listowel Emmets footballer made his debut Roscommon debut yesterday having returned to his club from Éire Óg during the week, allowing him wear the Roscommon jersey.
However the new Roscommon star was happy just to get a victory. “It’s a great win, we’ve been putting in hard work over the weeks for the league” explained Cox.
“Things just didn’t work out for us in Castlebar, so it’s important to get two points” added Cox who marked his league debut with five scores.
“Today they went over, on other days they may not have gone over, so the win was what I was delighted with” added Cox who qualifies for Roscommon through his father.
Cox last played a senior match for Kerry in the 2016 league when he came on as a substitute against Roscommon, a game his native county lost by a point in Killarney. He scored 1-8 as Kerry won the 2017 All-Ireland junior final against Meath.
Roscommon had trailed by a single point heading into the final minute, for Enda Smith’s penalty to put Roscommon a point clear.
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Cox’s audacious free and Ronan Daly’s score saw Roscommon take the points after Monaghan had levelled the game.
“We kept plugging away” explained Cox, Roscommon having had two players in the sin-bin. “With the sin-bin that will happen, but most importantly was the win, and we’ll push on hopefully.
Roscommon manager Anthony Cunningham was quick to praise the new boy.
“He kicked two from just out of range, two very difficult frees” smiled Cunningham. “I’m delighted for Conor.”
“I’m very happy with him, his father is no doubt a very proud man and we’d be no doubt seeing a lot of more of Conor in the Roscommon colours.”