Don’t think he caught any of his arm, sounded like it was all on the hurl. Gary could argue it was an overly aggressive chop down, which should only have been a yellow. I can see why the ref gave a straight red but for me there was a good deal of subjectivity involved, it wasn’t a black and white call and Maguire was given no benefit of the doubt. I wouldn’t mind knowing under which rule he issued the red and I’m struggling to remember the last player I saw sent off for such a pull on a player in possession of the ball where no injury resulted.
When you compare that to the ref completely ignoring what was a non-negotiable sending off of Hogan grabbing Crummy by the facemask straight in front of him (Rule 5.19 couldn’t be clearer on this), Gary can consider himself a tad unlucky.
Would have been interesting to see how the game would have panned out at 15 each. We were competing well physically and it was encouraging to see our half forward line at least make a battle of it, bearing in mind we were cleaned out there in Portlaoise last year. We did let them in very easily for both goals mind you.
Saying all that, maybe the defeat yesterday will work out better for us. Had we won by a few points, we’d now be facing into playing them in Nowlan next Sunday. At least this way it’s Clare and a 50/50 chance of home advantage.