Coldrick correct with Keegan red card call

David Coldrick succeeded in getting a high percentage of calls right in yesterday’s All-Ireland semi-final.

Coldrick correct  with Keegan red card call

The red card shown to Lee Keegan was correct. Any attempt to kick with minimal force is a red card offence, and I’d be shocked if Mayo were able to overturn what’s likely to be a one-match suspension.

The penalty decision was also right. Peter Crowley shouldered Donie Vaughan in the back and it merited a yellow card. Mayo fans around me felt it was a black card offence but just because it was a goal-scoring opportunity doesn’t necessarily mean the player should be issued a black card.

Among the other calls Coldrick got spot on were the third-minute pick-up from the ground against Michael Geaney and not awarding Cillian O’Connor a penalty in the 10th minute when he was foiled by Brian Kelly.

He also saw the push by Marc Ó Sé on Alan Freeman in the 15th minute and awarded the free, while the yellow card shown to Declan O’Sullivan in the 37th minute was also deserved.

In the 72nd minute, in the build-up to Kieran O’Leary’s equalising score, Ó Sé’s feet went over the end-line but the ball didn’t, and that was good work on his officials’ part, too.

Of the decisions he got wrong, Paul Geaney should have been awarded a free in the 17th minute when Ger Cafferkey had a hand on his back. Anthony Maher made illegal contact with Aidan O’Shea in the 32nd minute but no action was taken. In the 50th minute, Maher was also fortunate to win a free as no foul was committed.

Kevin McLoughlin escaped without sanction for hopping the ball twice and Seamus O’Shea was fouled by Paul Geaney just before James O’Donoghue hit his late wide. Also was Cillian O’Connor lucky not to be black carded when it seemed he pulled down Donnchadh Walsh?

In the minor game, referee Sean Hurson did nothing about Cormac Coffey’s illegitimate shoulder on Gary Boyle, which kick started the move that led to Tomás Ó Sé’s goal. There was also a pull back on Seamus Cunniffe and no free given and Matthew Flaherty scored. As for Kerry’s penalty, I don’t think it should have been awarded as Ó Sé had lost control of the ball and the Mayo keeper was about to catch it. The 40th minute black card, though, for Conor Kilkenny was right.

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