Call to block hooter ‘defies logic’, says Waterford's Tom McGlinchey

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Call to block hooter ‘defies logic’, says Waterford's Tom McGlinchey

McGlinchey was furious that referee Shane Hehir only added one minute of injury-time at the end of yesterday’s Division 4 clash defeat to Longford at Pearse Park.

The game was halted for almost three minutes at the start of the second half due to a head injury sustained by Michael O’Halloran. The Galway official also issued two red cards and five substitutions were made.

“I can’t understand why the hooter system wasn’t brought in. It defies logic. People are saying that players would be holding on to the ball but Longford were 10 points up and they weren’t holding on to the ball. It is a simple solution to a problem as regards time. We had the solution and it was passed in Congress. There is a contract in place with a contractor to put these in every county ground in the country and they are not going to use them. This is something that we have to look at, not just today but overall.”

McGlinchey continued: “I asked the referee coming out afterwards why there was only one minute. I have to be very cautious with my words and mindful of what goes on when a referee says something. Has it come to the stage where we can’t say anything at all?

“The fact of the matter is that Michael O’Halloran went down with a concussion injury. The play was stopped for at least two and a half minutes. Even in today’s papers there are interviews with doctors about concussion and the one thing they say is that the player’s welfare is the most important thing.”

The hosts were 10 points ahead and very much in control but following the dismissal of Waterford midfielder Shane Aherne in the 49th minute the Déise actually seized the initiative and outscored Longford 1-6 to just one point to leave for a nervy finish.

Scorers for Longford: F McGee 1-04 (1f), S McCormack, B McKeon (1f) 0-03 each, S Doyle, P McKeon 0-01 each.

Scorers for Waterford: M Ferncombe 1-3, P Hurney 0-3, P Whyte 0-2 (1f), S Aherne (1f), J Veale 0-01 each.

LONGFORD: P Collum; F Battrim, B O’Farrell, P Foy; CP Smyth, D Masterson, E Williams; B Gilleran, K Diffley; S Doyle, P McKeon, R McEntire; B McKeon, S McCormack, F McGee.

Subs: A Rowan for Foy (bc 22), M Quinn for R McEntire (44), P Gill for B McKeon (62), M Hughes for McGee (66).

WATERFORD: S Enright; L Lawlor, R O’Ceallaigh, T O’Gorman; T Ó hUallacháin, M O’Gorman, C Phelan; S Aherne, T Prendergast; L Ó Lonáin, M O’Halloran, P Hurney; M Ferncombe, P Whyte, JJ Hutchinson.

Subs: O Keevers for Phelan (17), S Briggs for Ó hUallacháin (bc 32), J Veale for Ó Lonáin (ht), G Nugent for O’Halloran (39).

Referee: Shane Hehir (Galway) Mulhall to rescue as Faithful almost falter

Offaly’s status as odds-on favourites for the Division 4 title was called into question yesterday, as the Faithful County coughed up an eight-point lead and needed a late free from Willie Mulhall to salvage a draw against Leitrim at O’Connor Park.

Goals from Mulhall and Nigel Dunne put the hosts into a commanding lead at half time, but 17 scoreless minutes allowed Leitrim gradually reel them in and it looked as if Ronan Kennedy’s late free would win the day before Willie Mulhall made his final, crucial intervention.

Scorers for Offaly: W Mulhall 1-6 (0-5f), N Dunne 1-2, N McNamee and N Darby (0-1f) 0-2 each, B Allen 0-1f.

Scorers for Leitrim: K Conlan 1-5 (1-0 pen, 0-5f), R Kennedy 0-5 (0-1f), F Clancy and A McLoughlin 0-2 each, D Sweeney and S Moran 0-1 each.

OFFALY: A Mulhall; B Darby, E Rigney, J O’Connor; C Donohue, J Moloney, N Darby; G Guilfoyle, N Smith; P Sullivan, N McNamee, N Bracken; B Allen, N Dunne, W Mulhall.

Subs: A Sullivan for Allen (34 bc), E Carroll for P Sullivan (50), K Mullally for Bracken (50), D Hogan for Donohue (55), J Evans for Dunne (68)

LEITRIM: C McCrann; B Prior, R Gallagher, M McWeeney; N Woods, G Reynolds, P McGowan; D Sweeney, S Moran; S McWeeney, F Clancy, K Conlon; R Kennedy, J McGrail, A McLoughlin.

Subs: D Beck for Prior (23), J Connolly for McGowan (45), C Gilheaney for McWeeney (52), D Moran for Moran (57), C McGowan for F Clancy (63)

Referee: N Cullen (Fermanagh).

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