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Mayo heap more misery on Tyrone as McMahon sees red

Tyrone, without the suspended trio of Justin McMahon, Martin Penrose and Conor Gormley due to controversial 'retrospective' red cards, suffered their second Division 1 defeat yesterday.

Despite the homeside scoring the game's final three points in Omagh, visitors Mayo came away with the spoils.

Mayo's impressive 1-12 to 1-11 away victory will inevitably be overshadowed by yet another disciplinary debate as the game turned ill-tempered in the dying moments.

With the home side in possession, and desperately seeking an equaliser, a brief bout of relatively innocuous handbags developed in midfield. When the situation was calmed, Joe McMahon was dismissed 50 seconds into injury-time with a straight red card by referee Jimmy White for tangling with Mayo defender Peadar Gardiner, while Mayo's Mark Ronaldson was booked for fouling Ryan McMenamin. White then threw the ball in.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte did not believe his player deserved his marching orders, and also hit out at video evidence being employed by Croke Park as not all games are covered on television.

"As I looked at it, I certainly didn't see much difference between what happened to Ryan McMenamin and what Joe McMahon did to someone else," Harte said. "Maybe television will tell me differently when I get a good look at it, I didn't think there was a difference of yellow and red between the two."

He added: "The fact is that had our game not been televised live last week we would have had Conor Gormley, Martin Penrose and Justin McMahon on our team today."



Ref to blame for our defeat to Galway fumes McEnaney

Furious Monaghan manager Seamus McEnaney blamed the referee for his side's 1-20 to 1-14 defeat to Galway at Pearse Stadium yesterday.

Both Paul Finlay and Gavin Doogan will feel aggrieved as referee Derek Fahy went on a yellow-card spree, dishing out 13 bookings -- along with the two reds -- in a game free from malice.

Finlay's dismissal came shortly after his sideline kick had reduced the deficit to one point midway through the second half, and Doogan followed 10 minutes later.

"The game was in the melting pot with 15 minutes to go and the official's decision to give Paul Finlay a yellow card was unbelievable.

"It was one of the turning points in the game and when we dropped to 13 it left us with no chance. Paul had been dragged for six or seven minutes. I don't understand it at all."

The Galway full-forward line shouldered the majority of the scoring burden, notching a huge 1-15 between them.

Michael Meehan, captain for the day, led his side with aplomb and grabbed six points in an excellent display of scoring.

Galway manager Joe Kernan was delighted to see his side win after such a poor showing last week in the defeat against Mayo.

"The way we performed was a whole lot different than last week. There was a lot more commitment from the boys. We showed a lot of heart and commitment. It was a step up all over the field," he said.



Goulding leads the way as Rebels storm the Kingdom

Red cards for Cork duo Noel Galvin and Eoin Cadogan along with Kerry's Paul Galvin grabbed the headlines from Saturday's clash between last year's All-Ireland finalists as the tetchy rivalry between Cork and Kerry came to the fore at Pairc Ui Rinn.

The 1-12 to 0-12 scoreline hints at a morale-boosting win for Cork, with Daniel Goulding grabbing a haul of seven points, as they reversed last September's All-Ireland final defeat, but doesn't tell the true tale of a tempestuous first half.

Cork defender Galvin was first to see the line for a second yellow card in the 19th minute following a high tackle on Kieran Donaghy, but the dismissals of Kerry's Paul Galvin and Cork's Eoin Cadogan for an off-the-ball incident two minutes later grabbed most of the attention.

Referee Maurice Deegan sent both players off after consulting with his linesmen, yet video footage suggested the pair were harshly treated. Kerry boss Jack O'Connor believes last year's Footballer of the Year is being judged on his reputation.

"I think if you give a fella a bad name, it follows him. I'd need to watch that on the monitor, but by all accounts (Galvin) didn't do too much," said O'Connor. "We were saying to the players before the game, what with the controversy last week with the four guys up north getting suspended, that players were going to be watched now. No excuses though, Cork were certainly fitter and stronger. We've a lot of work to do to catch up."


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