Wednesday 22 February 2017

Five flashpoints from Dublin-Mayo draw and what they could mean for the replay

Published 31/08/2015 | 11:47

Philip McMahon, Dublin, and Aidan O'Shea, Mayo, after a coming together. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Philip McMahon, Dublin, and Aidan O'Shea, Mayo, after a coming together. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

The fallout from yesterday's pulsating All-Ireland semi-final between Mayo and Dublin is continuing and certain flashhpoints have provoked debate, others will result in disciplinary hearings and some will have GAA chiefs perspiring at Croke Park over the coming days.

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It was an incident-packed game throughout and there were a number of key moments that proved pivotal and some that will be hotly contested at hearings this week ahead of Saturday's replay.

Here are the top five.

1. The Dublin penalty

It is clear from replays that the contact between Jason Doherty and Paul Flynn occurred outside the box and that Joe McQuillan's view was obscured. Apart from the fact that the foul was committed outside the area, the trip should have resulted in a black card.

2. Johnny Cooper lunge

Diarmuid O'Connor is very fortunate that he isn't waking up this morning with a serious knee injury. Cooper raked his studs down the leg of the wing-forward after he shot for a point and could easily have been dismissed. The referee dealt with the incident by handing out a yellow card... so that's the end of that.

3. Feigning injury

It wasn't close to being as controversial as 'rufflegate' but Philly McMahon should hang his head for trying to get Aidan O'Shea booked after an innocuous coming together. The corner-back hit the deck clutching his face, despite the fact that no contact was made to that area, and was very slow to return to his feet. No action will accrue.

4. Headbutt?

While McMahon will escape censure for his 'dive', he could face retrospective action for his apparent headbutt on Aidan O'Shea. O'Shea deserves credit for staying on his feet and not making a meal of the incident but that should not absolve the Dubliner of responsibility. The ref missed the incident but if television replays can prove it, McMahon could be in hot water and out of the replay.

5. Connolly red

If Kevin Keane got his red card rescinded for a clear strike, Diarmuid Connolly surely deserves equal treatment. The bizarre decision by the CHC to throw out Keane's red was always going to come back and bite them. Keane's act of idiocy was unprovoked. Connolly was grappling with Lee Keegan after the wing-back tried to halt the Dublin playmaker from getting involved in a crucial late attack. Both incidents deserved a one-game ban but the CHC has painted itself into a corner with the Keane decision and a Dublin appeal could be successful.

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