Tuesday 27 June 2017

Wallace says ladies teams 'disrespected'

Wexford Youths WAFC captain Kylie Murphy is lifted shoulder high by her team-mates as she celebrates with the cup. Photo: Sportsfile
Wexford Youths WAFC captain Kylie Murphy is lifted shoulder high by her team-mates as she celebrates with the cup. Photo: Sportsfile
Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

Wexford Youths founder Mick Wallace has attacked the treatment that his team and their opponents received during yesterday's Ladies' FAI Cup final in Dublin's Aviva Stadium.

After a heart-stopping 120 minutes of play, all that separated the Wexford side from glory was a penalty shoot-out with Dublin team Shelbourne Ladies.

However, as the ladies took their spot kicks, Dundalk and Cork City's men's teams came out onto the pitch to warm-up for their FAI Cup Final clash.

The Wexford women won out, but Mr Wallace said the treatment both teams received was "disrespectful".

Speaking to the Irish Independent, the Wexford TD said: "It wouldn't have hurt anyone to hold off on the senior match and wait for the shoot-out to finish. It's disappointing. It wouldn't have been the first soccer match to have ever been delayed. I understand that they were under pressure for time, but it was disrespectful all the same.

"It shouldn't have happened ... on the day the ladies put on a far better game."

RTÉ commentator Ger Canning said the men's teams should not have come out onto the pitch, that it was disrespectful and it painted the women as nothing "more than just a sideshow".

Irish Independent

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