Friday 27 April 2018

Frustrated Youths venting spleen at referee's display

IN ENGLAND several players have fallen foul of the Twitter pitfalls. Replying viciously to fools giving abuse is sometimes just so tempting, in any facet of life, but even more so when someone who doesn't know you is firing barbs.

It's probably what led former Manchester United youngster Ravel Morrison, now at West Ham, to blast homophobic slurs at one Twitter user earlier in the year - for which he received a ban.

Then there was former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel re-tweeting a picture of referee Howard Webb in a United jersey - he also received a ban. Or Carlton Cole's quasi-racist tweets about immigration and a friendly between Ghana and England - he received a fine. It can happen so easily.

However, it becomes even easier when bitterly frustrated. Especially right after a match. Especially when the wounds are so fresh.

Well, the bait was too juicy Saturday night as one-byone Wexford Youths players launched withering attacks on referee Darren Coombes following Saturday night's game (see match report opposite).

Impressive at right-back was Mark Phelan (@ stokesy55) and he was first to lambaste the match official, tweeting: 'F**kin Ref shat the bag! Deserved more! #fuming' while Shane Dempsey (@ shane8dempsey) bit his Twitter tongue a little more with simply: 'Not a happy camper..'

Yet the same couldn't be said for striker and top scorer Tom E lme s (@ elmesy9 ), whose tweet might get further scrutiny from the FAI in the coming weeks. He blasted: 'Robbed. The standard should be much better at this level, instead you get a p***k who doesn't know the rules, and bottles big decisions. #playfair'

Elmes' apathy for the referee's performance would have been enhanced by the fact that he was also bowled over from behind in the penalty area in the second-half and glared amazed as he failed to get the decision before, incredibly, seconds later, conceding a free for an identical incident just ten yards away.

On the other hand, sometimes if you just let the situation settle down and relax for a little bit the temperature drops and a slightly more composed person states his case. Step forward the man pictured above, Danny Furlong (@ danny_furlong), who tweeted: 'Long trek home from Longford! We were robbed tonight but won't dwell too much on it! Big game @ home to Finn Harps next week! #giddieup'.


So much of the hurling psyche in this county seems to stem from how the various under-age sides are getting on. Maybe it's the fact that we've not really had a Senior hurling side that's been able to compete at the top level for almost a decade, but when an Under-14 side wins a few games in the Tony Forristal the whole hurling community is filled with hope.

Yet offering real hope this week are guys not too many steps from that holy grail of the Senior set-up: the county Minors.

I'll leave RTE'S Des Cahill (@ sportsdes) to sum it up: 'Liam Griffin has seen it all. But I can't help feeling that he enjoyed today as much as the ' 96 All-ireland. Well done #Wexford minor hurlers #gaa'.