In the Cork-Clare game, Shane O’Donnell was rightly yellow carded but his name wasn’t taken. The same occurred in the previous match between Dublin and Limerick when Chris Crummey and Kevin Downes were shown cards but again they weren’t asked for their identities. It might seem like a small thing but it’s not following procedure.
Those games in Thurles on Saturday were more eventful than yesterday’s Munster final. In the 71st minute in the Cork-Clare game, Bill Cooper should have been yellow carded for using provocative language against O’Donnell.
However, Barry Kelly made a good call just four minutes before when he adjudged a line ball was Cork’s. Replays showed it did come off Tony Kelly’s hurley. It was a big call at a critical time.
In the Dublin-Limerick game, Paudie O’Brien must be one of the most unluckiest players to have been penalised for a legitimate hand-pass.In the 59th minute, Danny Sutcliffe was rightly yellow carded for trying to pick up Gavin O’Mahony as he recovered from an injury.
Yesterday in Semple, Colin Dunford was blown by James Owens for over-carrying in the third minute. It was a tough decision against the Waterford player although he should have been penalised for the same offence in the 50th minute. Owens was correct to yellow card Michael Walsh and Austin Gleeson for bad challenges.
Eddie Barrett was awarded advantage for a free in the second half, but Waterford lost the ball. As has often been proven since the advantage rule came in, the best gain a referee can give a team that has been fouled is a free as such a high percentage are scored, especially in the opponent’s half.
In the Leinster final, Bernard Brogan got away with a pick-up in the 20th minute but on the other side Westmeath’s James Dolan was unfortunate not to win frees in the 37th and 49th minutes. Michael Darragh Macauley picked up a yellow card in the ninth minute but he could have been shown another in the 42nd minute when he put his hands to Ray Connellan’s head.
In the 69th minute, Bernard Brogan had a score ruled out by HawkEye because part of the ball had passed over the post. According to the rule, the whole ball must sail between the posts. It just proved how difficult making such decisions can be for umpires outside of Croke Park, where HawkEye isn’t in operation.
Watching the Longford-Kildare qualifier, Derek O’Mahoney made two decisions that may not have affected the result but perhaps the score-line. He showed a yellow card followed by a red to Diarmuid Masterson but according to my notes and some journalists at the game, he had not shown the Longford player a first yellow.
In the 50th minute, he awarded a penalty to Longford for contact on Brian Kavanagh but disallowed it and decided on a throw-in after consulting with his umpires. However, umpires don’t have the power to advise him on such a decision. Scores and bringing his attention to incidents of foul play, yes, but not disallowing penalties.