KEVIN MCSTAY HIT back at recent criticism from within Roscommon after they gave a spirited display in a six-point defeat to Kerry on Sunday.

McStay was the subject of a scathing attack from former Roscommon player and manager Gay Sheerin last weekend.

Sheerin told Shannonside Radio he doesn’t “like to see Mayo men on the sideline for a Roscommon team.”

He went on: “I fought for years against Liam McHale and Kevin McStay, playing against them. And they hated me and they hated Roscommon.

“And they can’t have got that love (for Roscommon), there’s no way, because I couldn’t get that love for them.”

“That was the greatest load of nonsense I’ve heard,” McStay told RTE Sport after Sunday’s game in response.

“Most of it was factually incorrect and I’m expecting it to be corrected fairly soon by the station involved. That he was given that platform is very disappointing.

“I hope he’s had his day in the sunshine. When he gets time and reflects on it, as a former player and manager, he might just cop on to himself a small bit.

“It reflects badly on the group of players I have, like they’re not trying or there’s dissent in the camp. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

“Do you think a team could go out there and play like we did today if we’re not showing a unity and togetherness about what we’re trying to achieve for this summer?”

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McStay has spent most of his adult life living in the county and managed St Brigid’s to the All-Ireland club title in 2013 – the first time a Roscommon club ever lifted the Andy Merrigan Cup.

“We had John Evans and Liam Kearns from Kerry (in charge) previously. These are not issues.

“I trained Roscommon minors twenty years ago. I’’m almost of Roscommon at this stage, my three children are from Roscommon. What do you want me to do?

“I can’t rebirth myself, if that’s the word, but it’s just very disappointing that people would take that angle.”

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— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) March 5, 2017

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