Referee Rory Hickey, shows the black card to Dermot Malone, left , Monaghan.
Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE
Football was back on the agenda for League Sunday last night, with most of the attention going to Monaghan’s bad-tempered performance against Mayo.
There were a total of 11 cards shown in the match in Castlebar, with Monaghan receiving the lion’s share. Mayo eventually won the match 3-15 to 0-11.
Michael Lyster turned the focus on the lack of discipline in the game.
“There was nearly as many cards as scores in Castlebar,” he said. “There were two blacks, two reds and seven yellows - that certainly gives the impression of a game that was very messy.”
Kerry’s Tomás Ó Sé agreed.
“It was very niggly, there was a lot of silly stuff, especially in the second half,” he said.
“It wasn’t really a great game to watch, I think Monaghan will be disappointed with themselves.
“They defended well in patches in the first half. But that transition that they’re normally good at, getting the ball from the midfield up into the forward line, wasn't as good today.”
Ó Sé’s opinion was shared online, with a lot of criticism of the Ulster team’s display.
“A lot of people will say I’m no man to be talking about discipline, but to be fair Monaghan can’t have any complaints about what happened today,” Ó Sé said. “Stephen Gollogly lashed out and showed a bit of temper, and a strike is a strike no matter what way you look at it.
“It was disappointing for Monaghan, they looked like a team that weren't tuned in. It was a really, really messy performance.”
He also described the incident that saw Ryan Wylie get a red card for shoving a Mayo player forcefully into a barrier alongside the pitch as “quite dangerous”.
Monaghan manager Malachy O’Rourke admitted in his post-match interview that his side had not performed well.
“There was a lot of fouls on both sides,” he said. “There was a lot of personal fouls going on and maybe our boys didn’t react to it as well as we would have liked.
“That’s part of learning, there’s no doubt it’s an area we’re going to have to look at and make sure that we improve.”
Other commentators, however, have suggested that to focus so much on the Mayo-Monaghan game was unfair, as there was also significant off-the-ball incidents in other games, particularly Kerry v Dublin.
Lots of niggle in football games today. High tackles, off the ball aggro & general messing..thankfully refs are taking action #LeagueSunday— Mick O'Keeffe (@okmick) March 1, 2015