Tuesday 24 April 2018

McCartan bemoans black-card 'confusion'

Down 1-15 UUJ 0-7

James McCartan
James McCartan

Two Down players received black cards in the first half as they recorded a comfortable victory over an under-strength UUJ side in Newry.

Kalum King was dismissed by Joe McQuillan in the 22nd minute for pulling down an opponent, and Darragh O'Hanlon went eight minutes later for a deliberate body check.

Down manager James McCartan wasn't too upset about either incident as he reflected on his side's straightforward success, but he did raise concerns about the length of time it takes to get subs ready to replace players who have been black-carded.

"It's very difficult, there was confusion along the line," he said. "You nearly need to have all your subs with their tracksuit bottoms off and ready to go because you don't know what players are going to be black-carded.

"It's a concern if you miss getting a sub on until the next break in play. That could be two or three minutes and you could concede a score with a man down."

UUJ also had one of their troops, Armagh's Pearse Casey, given a black card five minutes into the second half.

Manager Adrian McGuckin later claimed it had been a case of mistaken identity, claiming it was Ryan McAleenan who committed the foul.

The students went 32 minutes without scoring either side of half-time, with Down coasting into a 0-7 to 0-3 lead by the break and maintaining their dominance throughout.

Peter Fitzpatrick, back in Down colours after a year in Australia, scored the only goal of the game two minutes into the second half, after collecting Connaire Harrison's pass and drilling the ball low past the 'keeper.

Scorers -- Down: M Poland 0-5 (4fs), C O'Hare 0-3, P Fitzpatrick 1-0, D McCartan, K King, G McArdle, C Harrison, E McCartan, L Devlin, N Madine (f) 0-1 each UUJ: D Savage 0-3 (3fs), P McPolin, N McKeever, C O'Boyle (f), D McKay 0-1 each

DOWN -- S Harrison; D McCartan, P Turley, D O'Hagan; B McArdle, A Carr, M Lively; K King, G McArdle; P Fitzpatrick, C O'Hare, D O'Hanlon; C Harrison, E McCartan, M Poland. Subs: L Devlin for King (22, bc), R Boyle for O'Hanlon (30, bc), D Turley for Devlin (47), S McNamee for O'Hagan (54), N Madine for E McCartan (55), J McCarthy for D McCartan (58).

UUJ -- M McReynolds; K McKaigue, C McKaigue, D McNally; P McPolin, L Keaney, K Clarke; C Duggan, N McKeever; C Gough, P Hughes, P Casey; D Savage, C O'Boyle, A Burns Subs: R McAleenan for McPolin (34), R Donnelly for Casey (40, BC), N O'Neill for Burns (46), D McKay for Hughes (60), T Miscalla for Clarke (65), C McClean for K McKaigue (68).

REF -- J McQuillan (Cavan)

Irish Independent

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