Tipp coach O'Loughlin calls for introduction of hooter
TIPPERARY coach Mick O'Loughlin has called for the introduction of the clock/hooter timekeeping system following the "shocking" end to last Sunday's Allianz National Football League Division 3 clash with Armagh, WRITES JACKIE CAHILL.
O'Loughlin was outraged by the performance of referee David Goldrick, who awarded Armagh a penalty, sent off Tipp defender Robbie Kiely and then played over three minutes of stoppage-time at the end of the game.
Armagh came from behind to snatch victory with two late points from Jamie Clarke.
And O'Loughlin argued: "The hooter needs to be brought into the GAA after the debacle in Armagh.
"Both linesmen had informed the referee that injury-time was up, as Armagh equalised, but play still continued.
"We felt that there were no major stoppages during the two minutes of injury-time and it was a shocking ending to a tremendous performance from our lads."
Clarke netted a penalty just before half-time but O'Loughlin said: "The view from our people on the penalty was that it wasn't a penalty, more excellent defending from our viewpoint.
"The Armagh player stumbled and with the red card, we are investigating because if we can provide evidence, we intend to appeal the sending off.
"Nobody saw it and a lot of people referred to it as handbags stuff. We're seeking clarification on the DVD and if it's forthcoming, we'll appeal it."
Tipp were aggrieved by the amount of time added on by Goldrick at the end of the game, with the referee escorted off the pitch as visiting players and manager Peter Creedon vented their anger.
O'Loughlin added: "Two minutes of injury-time went up on the board but he played three and a half.
"As Clarke scored the equaliser, the two minutes were up. I was shoulder to shoulder with the linesman and he said it."