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'At the time my gut instinct said I have to bring him down or else the match is over'

'At the time my gut instinct said I have to bring him down or else the match is over'

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'At the time my gut instinct said I have to bring him down or else the match is over'

Limerick star Donal O'Grady admits he should have seen red in last year's epic All-Ireland semi-final clash with Kilkenny.

In an example of cynical play, O'Grady tripped Richie Power with his hurl as he was through on goal late in the game.

And despite already being on a yellow for an earlier incident, referee James McGrath failed to produce another card for the foul. O'Grady was withdrawn shortly afterwards.

"I wasn't booked but, looking back, it was a yellow card, no doubt," O'Grady says. "Technically, it was striking with the hurley, but there was no maliciousness. It was more a leg-tap than a belt of a hurley."

In his annual report, Dublin CEO John Costello made a veiled reference to the incident and suggested hurling could benefit from a black card.

SANCTION

And while O'Grady insists he'd do the same again in the same position, he doesn't think hurling needs the sanction to help curb cynical play.

"Look, it was either Richie Power score a goal or me try to knock him. It was a crucial stage of the game and it was probably worth a yellow card.

"At the time my gut instinct said I have to bring him down or else the match is over. And when I did it, I said: 'I'm gone now'.

"I think it's harder in hurling to commit what would you call it? A malicious foul? It's a lot harder. But I suppose, in hindsight, yes I would (do the same again)."

O'Grady (34) had no intention of retiring over the winter and expects his side to be competitive once again this summer.

"That was the problem with Limerick. We'd have a good year, then a bad year. In the last few years, we've really come to that consistent level. On last year's form, I'd say we're good enough to get to an All-Ireland final but we have to carry that on."

Irish Independent