Friday 17 November 2017

Mulholland predicts new rule chaos

Galway 0-13 GMIT 0-6

Mulholland: Predicting problems
Mulholland: Predicting problems

Galway manager Alan Mulholland has warned of major problems ahead over the new black card regulations after his side ended this tie with 14 men.

With a minute to go, Mark Hehir became the third Galway player to be black-carded at Tuam Stadium -- after James Kavanagh and Sean Denvir were earlier sent to the line -- and, with their six substitutions used, the Tribesmen fell foul of the new ruling and finished a man short.

It mattered little as they cantered to victory, but Mulholland sounded a warning that there will be mayhem once the league starts.

"So far we haven't really seen much because not a whole lot has been on the line. But I think it will be a big, big story in a couple of weeks' time when the National League starts," he said.

"The players are a little confused as to what they are getting black cards for and what they are not. When the National League starts and you lose guys who are decision-makers and you are not too sure why, then it's going to cause trouble. The jury is still out as far as I'm concerned."

Galway led 0-7 to 0-3 at half-time with Sean Armstrong and Shane Walsh impressing, but Ronan Steede was black-carded for GMIT for the second week in a row in the 22nd minute. The students improved slightly after the break, but Galway kicked on with points from David O'Connell and Greg Higgins clinching the win.

Scorers -- Galway: S Armstrong (3fs), M Martin (3fs) 0-4 each, S Walsh 0-2, G Sice, D O'Connell, G Higgins 0-1 each. GMIT: E Monahan (1f) 0-2, J Duane ('45'), M Lundy (1f), J Finan, S Hennelly 0-1 each.

Galway -- M Breathnach; D O'Neill, F Hanley, A Tierney; P Seoighe, J Moore, S Denvir; G Higgins, P Conroy; G Sice, J Kavanagh, D O'Connell; M Martin, S Armstrong, S Walsh.

Subs: E Concannon for Kavanagh (h-t, BC), T Fahy for Denvir (39, BC), P Óg Ó Griofa for Martin (46), K McGrath for Moore (49), E Hoare for Conroy (53), M Hehir for Armstrong (57).

GMIT -- C Nolan; N Sheridan, C Sweeney, A Lawless; A Wynne, P Hollaway, R Shanahan; S Tighe, R Steede; C Donoghue, M Lundy, A Molloy; J Duane, E Monahan, M Farragher. Subs: J Finan for Steede (22, BC), A Meeneghan for Donoghue (38), S Hennelly for Molloy (45), J Naughton for Shanahan (47), C Kelly for Monahan (57).

Ref -- J Gilmartin (Sligo)

Irish Independent

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