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Sunday 20 August 2017

Offaly boss keeps cool over 'harsh' sending-off

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

It was with a glint in his eye and a touch of roguery that Offaly manager Joe Dooley met the anticipated question about the difficulty his side had in getting all the frees they might have merited.

"I'd probably agree (Offaly had to work harder for those frees). Maybe the Galway/Kilkenny ideal Leinster final was probably what was wanted but we have to do our own thing," smiled Dooley.

Dooley had just watched his son Shane force an equaliser from a difficult angle with his side reduced to 14 men for the last 24 minutes after Daniel Currams' dismissal and, while not agreeing with it, he was a little more circumspect about that decision.

"He (referee Johnny Ryan) has only has a split second to make up his mind. I thought the sending off was harsh decision but he only had that split second. We can all look up at it on the screen."

The result represents a shot in the arm for Offaly hurling, given the way the game was going.

"Galway looked as if they were really going to walk away with it and the sending off coincided with their dominance as well. We just kept plugging and battling. It gives us great heart now for the next day."

On the subject of some of the refereeing calls, Dooley's Galway counterpart John McIntyre was in full agreement.

"I think on balance, we probably got more of the breaks from the man in the middle than Offaly did.

"Ger Farragher's sideline? It was wide. Straight up. And that's what I mean. Galway got the breaks today from the match officials. I'm not saying we got them deliberately or anything like that.

"Maybe we got a bit complacent and eased off with the opposition reduced to 14 men. I thought it was a harsh call. But I'm not going to be critical of Johnny Ryan or anything like that."

Irish Independent

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