Thursday 25 December 2014

Davy Fitzgerald fumes at referee's performance following Wexford defeat

Published 12/07/2014 | 20:25

12 July 2014; Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald encourages his team during the game. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 Replay, Clare v Wexford, Wexford Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald encourages his team during the game. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 Replay, Clare v Wexford, Wexford Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Wexford's Harry Kehoe celebrates after scoring the second Wexford goal late in the first half of extra time. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 Replay, Clare v Wexford, Wexford Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Colm Galvin, Clare, in action against Diarmuid O'Keeffe, right, and Keith Rossiter, Wexford. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 Replay, Clare v Wexford, Wexford Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Liam Óg McGovern, Wexford, is fouled by Jack Browne, Clare. This tackle resulted in Jack Browne being sent off after receiving a second yellow card. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 Replay, Clare v Wexford, Wexford Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Darach Honan, Clare, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 Replay, Clare v Wexford, Wexford Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Ciarán Kenny, Wexford, in action against Conor McGrath, Clare. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 Replay, Clare v Wexford, Wexford Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Clare's Brendan Bugler is shown a straight red card by referee Johnny Ryan. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 Replay, Clare v Wexford, Wexford Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody, centre, watches the game. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 Replay, Clare v Wexford, Wexford Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Defeated Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald was not impressed by referee Johnny Ryan as the Banner surrendered their All-Ireland title after an epic encounter against Wexford at Wexford Park this evening.

Both Brendan Bugler and Jack Browne were sent off either side off half time but the ref's failure to award Clare frees at crucial stages in extra time annoyed Fitzgerald after their 2-25 to 2-22 defeat.

"To say we were unlucky doesn't say it. The best thing is to say nothing but fair play to Wexford they played tremendous stuff again," he told RTE Radio One.

"Maybe they(the red cards) were warranted but maybe there were other instances when they were warranted as well.

"There is no point complaining no matter if Johnny Ryan gives three or four times as many free to them and tells me they are frees and doesn't give them to us, I can't say anything. We've no complaints.

"I can't understand in extra time John Conlon and Aaron Cunningham being pulled down and he gives a free out when we were a point down."

Fitzgerald is adamant that Clare will come back better than ever next year.

"We in Clare are proud of what we've done last year and I'm so proud of what the boys done this year. Down to 13 fellas and two points down we hung tough," he added.

"We will recoup and we will come back again. We're fighters and I'm so proud of them guys with all the adversity that was put in there way. They showed what they are made of and fair play to them."

There were very different emotions for Wexford boss Liam Dunne whose team must recover to play for third consecutive weekend against Waterford next weekend.

"It was fabulous for the people of Wexford. It's great to be still in the championship," Dunne said.

"I have to give our fellas huge credit. We're creating the chances, we're a team in progress and we're doing our best."

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