Monday 20 February 2017

Ref Farrelly shows red card on historic debut

Fermanagh 1-13 St Mary's 0-14

Published 07/01/2016 | 02:30

Maggie Farrelly making history as she becomes the first female referee to officiate a senior mens inter-county game. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Maggie Farrelly making history as she becomes the first female referee to officiate a senior mens inter-county game. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

The game and the result will live long in nobody's memory, with the sight of Maggie Farrelly becoming the first female to take charge of a senior inter-county GAA match the only show in town in last night's clash in Garvaghey.

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The Cavan whistler was composed and in control throughout but did dish out one red card, to St Mary's forward Matthew Fitzpatrick, for two bookable offences.

Ciaran Flaherty scored a second-half goal as Fermanagh edged an otherwise forgettable game.

Scorers - Fermanagh: T Corrigan 0-6 (2fs), C Flaherty 1-1, S Quigley 0-4 (2fs), E Donnelly 0-1, B Mulrone 0-1. St Mary's: D Kavanagh 0-5 (5fs), K McKernan 0-3, R Johnston, D McBride, M Fitzpatrick, P McBride, C McCann, N McNicholl 0-1 each.

FERMANAGH - C Snow; A Breen, B Mulrone, K Connor; C Flaherty, C Jones, F Gillen; D McCusker, E McHugh; E Donnelly, J Duffy, J McMahon; P Cadden, M Jones, T Corrigan. Subs: P McCusker for Clarke (ht), D McCusker for McManus (ht), D Kelly for McMahon (45), S Quigley for Cadden (47)

ST MARY'S - R Burns; P McAleer, D McBride, C McCooey; K McKernan, N McParland, H Loughran; P Carragher, B Og McGilligan; P McBride, C McCann, R Johnston; D Kavanagh, M Fitzpatrick, N Toner. Subs: N McNicholl for McGilligan (HT), C Meyler for Carragher (46), C Byrne for Loughran (46), A Nugent for McAleer (49).

REF - Maggie Farrelly (Cavan)

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