Thursday 18 January 2018

Fitzgerald sees red after nasty Conlon head injury

Jackie Cahill

CLARE manager Davy Fitzgerald was unhappy with the performance of match referee Barry Kelly in the Munster SHC semi-final.

The 1995 and 1997 All-Ireland-winning goalkeeper stopped short of lambasting the Westmeath official, but it was clear that Fitzgerald was displeased with the free count that favoured Cork, 19-7.

And Fitzgerald called for greater powers for umpires and linesmen after John Conlon went off in the 20th minute. Fitzgerald couldn't pinpoint the incident which led to Conlon's concussion, but he claimed that it was the second time that the combative forward had shipped a heavy tackle.

Fitzgerald revealed: "He's in hospital – he's in a bad way now. The doc was very worried about him at half-time, his blood pressure was unreal.

"I can't remember (the incident) clearly myself, but it was the second time – he was got going up along the sideline as well. The sideline guy said he knew, but he couldn't say anything to the referee.

"I think umpires and sideline officials should be used – that's my honest opinion."

Meanwhile, a delighted Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy heaped praise on his players following their impressive eight-point win.

"There's a huge emphasis among people in the media and people locally about the fitness and the strength and conditioning and I think it is a load of rubbish to be honest with you," he said.

"Dave Matthews has done a great job with the players and Ger Cunningham has done a great job with the coaching. There is great credit due to them all."

Irish Independent

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