Thursday 19 April 2018

'It's just a horrible, horrible feeling' - Sean Cavanagh demands protection from officials

'Cavanagh was shown a red card in the 59th minute.' Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
'Cavanagh was shown a red card in the 59th minute.' Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Sean Cavanagh has revealed that he has never been more disappointed in his football career as he was after Tyrone's one-point All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Mayo on Saturday.

Cavanagh was shown a red card in the 59th minute for a second bookable offence, having picked up a yellow card earlier for tangling with his marker Lee Keegan.

Read more: Resilient Mayo show 'patience' to hit open road

That has led to his manager Mickey Harte calling on officials to "tune in" to who instigates these flashpoints in the first place. Cavanagh has echoed his manager's sentiments and feels umpires and linesmen have to step up more.

"Sometimes in these big games, in my opinion, linesmen and umpires just don't take those calls as much as they should do," he said.

"It's just a horrible, horrible feeling. The last couple of days I have just been completely numb with disappointment, probably the most disappointed I have ever been in my career, the fact that I couldn't be out there to help the guys.

"I had brought it to the attention to a few of the linesmen and umpires that any time you were trying to make a run, the run was being checked and you were being pulled and dragged," he added.

Cavanagh admitted he was unable to watch the closing stages of the game.

Read more: Harte calls on Cavanagh not to retire after seeing red over his dismissal

Meanwhile, Andy McEntee was confirmed as Meath's new football manager for a three-year term last night.

McEntee will have older brother Gerry, another All-Ireland winning colleague from '87 and '88 Finian Murtagh and two other All-Ireland medal winners in the 1990s, Donal Curtis (selector) and Cormac Sullivan (goalkeeping coach), on his team.

Irish Independent

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