Saturday 21 January 2017

McGonigle hits out at 'cynical' Cork

Jackie Cahill

Published 26/04/2016 | 02:30

Dublin manager Greg McGonigle was critical of Cork's conduct Photo: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE
Dublin manager Greg McGonigle was critical of Cork's conduct Photo: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE

Dublin manager Gregory McGonigle has accused champions Cork of "cynicism" and "systematic" fouling during Saturday's Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 semi-final defeat.

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McGonigle believes that Deirdre O'Reilly's tackle on Lyndsey Davey, which forced the Dublin forward out of the game late on, would have resulted in a citing if it happened in rugby.

After she was caught high by ten-time All-Ireland winner O'Reilly, former Dublin skipper Davey required lengthy treatment before she was helped to the touchline.

Referee Gerry Carmody opted to take no action against O'Reilly and McGonigle fumed: "In rugby, a high tackle like that would be cited.

"I'm not saying Deirdre O'Reilly meant it but are Cork players able to be sin-binned?

"We had two sin-binnings, be them rightly or wrongly, against Galway (in the group stages) and Siobhán Woods got caught by Gavin Corrigan, the fourth official, for a tug of the jersey against Armagh.

"We don't have any complaints, but we do have serious complaints when one of our players tried to be taken out in the first half (by Cork) with a tackle, and then again systematically by the same player, caught around the neck.

"And not even a yellow, didn't even get spoken to. Believe it or not, I actually rate Gerry Carmody as a very good referee but to me he bottled it.

"If you can't see five yards in front of you, we may pack it in or we may realise in Dublin that we're not going to be getting any favouritism or fair play."

McGonigle's comments may land him in hot water with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association - as he insisted that Cork were guilty of cynicism at St Brendan's Park in Birr.

McGonigle added: "In fairness to Cork, (manager) Ephie (Fitzgerald) keeps talking about his strength and conditioning programme but I think somewhere there have to be rules in Ladies football where consistent fouling. . . there's no cynicism? I saw loads of cynicism."

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