Ó Sé’s early dismissal against Austin Stacks overshadowed his side’s 1-13 to 2-4 victory in a repeat of last year’s Kerry SFC final.Castleisland referee, Tom McCarthy, dismissed the midfielder in the 6th-minute after consulting with his umpires.
Ó Sé was allegedly involved in an elbowing incident with Stacks defender Brian Dennehy, but many neutral observers at the game felt that the incident warranted only a yellow card.
The referee was given a Garda escort off the field after the game, but county board chairman, Seán Walsh, who was in attendance, refused to comment on the decision last night. “We will have to wait for the referee’s report on the incident,” he said. The minimum one-month suspension is a huge blow for Kerry’s
All-Ireland championship hopes, and heaps further trauma on the inspirational Kerry skipper, whose father, Micheál, passed away suddenly in June. Radio commentators at the game said the decision was “a dreadful one,” but Austin Stacks sources insisted their player had been struck by a stray elbow accidental or otherwise.
Meantime, Cork defender Anthony Lynch is a major doubt for the All-Ireland SFC semi-final meeting with the Kingdom with a hamstring injury. Lynch aggravated the injury in a weekend Cork SFC game for Naomh Aban against Clyda Rovers, and was seen yesterday by Cork team doctor, Dr Con Murphy to ascertain the extent of the injury.
Cork coach Larry Tompkins said last night that it was too early to make a decision on Lynch’s availability for the August 25 showdown in Croke Park. “He will be starting treatment immediately, and there’s still two weeks to go before the game. He was with Dr Con Murphy yesterday, and he hasn’t been ruled out at this stage.”
Allstar Lynch is regarded as Cork’s best man-marker, and will be detailed to curb Michael F Russell at Croke Park if fit.