Saturday 17 August 2019

Kieran Donaghy says he was eye-gouged by Philly McMahon

Philly McMahon and Kieran Donaghy
Philly McMahon and Kieran Donaghy

Tom Rooney

An RTÉ documentary to be aired next Monday contains footage of this year’s All-Ireland final in which Kerry captain Kieran Donaghy says he was eye-gouged by Dublin’s Philly McMahon.

The behind-the-scenes programme, titled All-Ireland final day, includes scenes of the Dubs’ victory over the Kingdom, where referee David Coldrick is wearing a microphone, in the same vein as rugby officials.

During which, Donaghy can be clearly heard informing Coldrick that McMahon had made contact with his eye, even though in the immediate aftermath of the title-decider the Tralee native remained tight-lipped on the incident.

Donaghy and McMahon - who was named as an All Star last night- enjoyed an epic struggle throughout the tie, and McMahon had previously been shown a yellow card on the advice of the umpire for consistent infractions.

“Number 4 (McMahon), persistent fouling, yellow card,” is the information received by Coldrick.

The defender is not best pleased and strongly remonstrates with the referee.

"It’s always the back, It’s always the back,” claims the Ballymun Kickham. "Donaghy is hitting me when I am trying to make a block. David, I swear to God I didn’t do anything. I didn’t do anything.”

The referee responds by warning McMahon for holding Donaghy persistently.

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Again, the defender disagrees: “I’m not holding him, F**k sake.”

in the second half, the alleged gouge takes place, and Donaghy clearly says to Coldrick: “He gouged my eye on the ground, Dave.”

The referee was sceptical at the time though, as evidenced by his response: “I didn’t see that now, Kieran,” Coldrick says. “That was just two lads competing, that’s all."

The documentary will be shown on RTÉ one on Monday at 9.35.

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