Saturday 29 April 2017

Croker Controversy: Bernard Brogan point heads day of dubious calls

30 August 2015; Bernard Brogan, Dublin, celebrates scoring a free. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
30 August 2015; Bernard Brogan, Dublin, celebrates scoring a free. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Michael Verney

Mayo's stunning comeback against Dublin was not the only talking point at Croke Park today as a series of of head-scratching decisions left fans fuming.

Two penalties, a straight red card and two black cards would normally take all the headlines but it seems Bernard Brogan's first-half point is the most contentious call made during the All-Ireland football semi-final.

Bernard Brogan's point
Bernard Brogan's point

There wasn't much protestation at the time, but on closer inspection Brogan's looping shot certainly warranted at least a call for Hawk-Eye despite neither umpire being in much doubt about the ruling.

While angles can be deceiving it was definitely a close shave and the points detection technology was brought in exactly for events such as this.

Here is Dublin's penalty:

Paul Flynn's first-half penalty also looked a clearcut decision in real time with the four-time All Star being tripped en route to goal. However, Connolly's beautifully placed finish put the gloss over the fact that the discretion looked to have taken place right on the edge of the parallelogram which would result in a free, not a penalty.

Elsewhere, Colm Boyle's gamechanging run which led to Cillian O'Connor'r crucial goal was also a dubious one. Boyle seemed to dive into a handful of Dublin defenders but referee Joe McQuillan awarded the spot-kick in what was a demanding day at the office for the Cavan man.

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