Monday 11 December 2017

'I'm embarrassed for McGinley': Donegal 'keeper roundly criticised for 'Ronaldo-esque' dive

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

For the second week in-a-row, the Ulster football semi-final was an absolute cracker.

One week ago, it was Cavan who netted late against Tyrone to force a replay. Last night, it was Monaghan who performed late heroics, with Conor McManus kicking a string of late frees to level his team's final four clash with Donegal.

Both games offered brilliant drama for this time of the year, but yesterday's game featured a late moment of controversy as Donegal looked to cling on to their narrow lead.

Read more: McManus saves Monaghan as Ulster enjoys replay bonanza

Goalkeeper Mark Anthony McGinley, who has replaced All-star Paul Durcan between the sticks for Donegal, was challenged by a group of Monaghan attackers after he claimed a ball.

McGinley then hit the turf dramatically, rolling around in pain, as replays showed that there was minimal contact with the netminder's face.

Despite the challenge, the majority of onlookers felt that the goalkeeper's reaction was excessive.

The Sky commentators Dave McIntyre and Paul Earley didn't hold back, with the duo emphatically condemning McGinley's actions - McIntyre called the behaviour 'shameful' - while those watching at home were of a similar mind.

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