Carter: Kilkenny players will be marked men from now on

FORMER Kilkenny star Charlie Carter believes the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) will be monitoring the Cats for the rest of the season following their indiscipline in last Sunday’s defeat to Dublin.

In his weekly column in the Kilkenny Advertiser, Carter pointed out the suspended Eoin Larkin and John Dalton were provoked.

However, he also described their reactions as being “over-the-top” and argued Kilkenny will be scrutinised by the disciplinary authorities from now on.

“Over the years they have prided themselves on work ethic and controlled aggression,” wrote three-time All Star Carter.

“The latter totally went out the window last Sunday; it was a sure sign of frustration. I can understand Brian Cody defending his troops after the game — after all, that’s what managers do — but in the cold light of day he’d have to be concerned at the indiscipline that crept in last Sunday.

“On Wednesday we heard that the CCCC have disciplined both Eoin Larkin and John Dalton for their misdemeanours during last Sunday’s game.

“Larkin’s four-week suspension won’t deprive him of any inter-county action, but Dalton’s eight-week ban will see him miss the first round of the championship.

“I think the CCCC will be keeping a close eye on Kilkenny players during the championship.

“The Dubs provoked the Kilkenny players — there is no question of that — but the reaction was way over-the-top.”

Carter dismissed the impact of Larkin’s first-half sending off on Kilkenny’s poor performance.

“The facet of Kilkenny’s play that really disappointed me most was their inability to win ball in the forward section. I don’t care if they were down to 14 men after Eoin Larkin’s dismissal the fight just wasn’t in them.”

Meanwhile, Dublin centre-back Joey Boland has been told he will need to give his dislocated shoulder an eight-week recovery period before he returns to action.

The injury, which he sustained in last Sunday’s final, could keep him out of Dublin’s entire Leinster campaign should they beat Offaly in Croke on May 29.


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