Ulster SFC: McEntee admits Cross' got out of jail
The four-time All-Ireland winners survived a late onslaught from their Down opponents to reach yet another provincial decider, but joint-manager McEntee was far from pleased with the performance and was as surprised as anyone to see Mourne County star Kevin McKernan miss a late chance to equalise.
"It should have been a draw," he said.
"Kevin McKernan should have put that ball over the bar. It was comfortable for him. I guess he's raging with himself because he's normally very reliable from that position.
"I would have been happy with a draw in the last few minutes."
The former Armagh powerhouse acknowledged that Cross' have plenty to work on ahead of Sunday week's Ulster final against Glenties.
"Playing for 20 minutes isn't going to win too many championship matches," he added.
"We got a lot of space, got on a lot of balls, made a lot of good runs and stopped. I'm delighted we won now - don't get me wrong - but I wouldn't be happy with the manner in which we won."