Saturday 18 November 2017

Walsh stunned at booking for 'diving'

Cork's Aidan Walsh. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile
Cork's Aidan Walsh. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile

John Fallon

Cork dual star Aidan Walsh, playing his first Allianz NFL game since 2014 after deciding to concentrate on football this season, admitted he was shocked to be booked for 'simulation' during Sunday's draw against Galway.

The Kanturk clubman looked to be hard done-by when he was penalised for diving, after appearing to take a heavy knock from Galway debutant Barry McHugh in the second-half of Sunday's clash at Pearse Stadium.

Walsh expected to be awarded a free, but Tyrone referee Sean Hurson penalised him, awarded a free to Galway and booked him.

"He said I dived, but I got a knee into the knee, so I don't know. I couldn't believe it," Walsh said.

"He said I dived, so I don't know. I thought it was funny anyway, but sure that's the way it is.

"It was a bit of a weird one, but sure the referee is the referee - we won't complain as he has a hard job. He booked me as well, I think.

"But I'm just glad to get it under my belt. When you are not playing as much as you want you can do as many 100-metre sprints as you want, but out on the field it's a totally different story fitness-wise, your legs get dead very fast."

An All-Ireland SFC winner in 2010, Walsh said the Rebels know they have a battle to get back into the top flight after relegation last season.

The 27-year old briefly returned to the football squad last summer when the Cork hurlers were knocked out of the championship and decided in the autumn to concentrate solely on football this season.

Cork head to Newbridge this Sunday to take on Kildare, with their promotion battle starting with two tough away ties.

Irish Independent

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