Saturday 21 April 2018

Clash 'not sparked by hand-off'

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Antrim are playing down any note of controversy over tensions between rival managers Dinny Cahill and Joe Dooley towards the end of normal time in their entertaining Leinster hurling quarter-final at Parnell Park on Sunday.

Offaly manager Dooley and Antrim boss Cahill clashed briefly just as Dooley's son Shane was about to equalise from a free to send the match into extra-time.

The root of their clash is not clear, but Antrim chairman John McSparran said that as far as he was concerned it had nothing to do with a hand-off by Shane Dooley on Antrim's Kieran McGourty that featured in some newspaper pictures yesterday.

"I'm not aware it has anything to do with that. I think there was just a small misunderstanding," said McSparran.

He echoed Cahill's comments that the experience will stand to Antrim as they rebuild and look forward to future Leinster championships.

"I think this match further justifies the restructuring of the Leinster Championship," he said.

"I'd be disappointing with the amount of highlights RTE showed on the 'Sunday Game'. To me it's not just disrespectful to us, but also to Offaly.

"I can understand if they felt it was going to be a washout on the basis of our league form. But I still felt there should have been more content on it. It was a highly entertaining game."

Irish Independent

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