O’Sullivan points to ref’s impact

Carbery Rangers manager Micheál O’Sullivan said the performance of referee James Bermingham had a "telling" impact on yesterday’s Cork SFC final.

O’Sullivan felt several of the referee’s calls went against his outfit, questioning Bermingham’s decision to award Carbery a ’45 at the death instead of a penalty.

The clock had spilled into time added on when John O’Rourke fielded possession inside the large parallelogram, his effort denied by an apparent foot block. Bermingham consulted with his umpires before awarding a ’45.

“It looked like to me that referee James Bermingham put out his hands for a penalty first and then decided it wasn’t a penalty,” said O’Sullivan.

“A lot of the breaks referee-wise didn’t go with us today. It had a bit of a telling impact on the game. It would have been nice to have a chance at the end to try and equalise and get a second bite of the cherry. That is the way it goes.”

Carbery kicked only 1-1 in the entire second period and failure to push on after Seamus Hayes’ goal on 32 minutes was crucial, according to the Rosscarbery boss. O’Sullivan also lamented his team’s inability to add to their tally during the final 17 minutes of the contest.

“Like any championship match, particularly a county final, we were just happy to be in the game at half-time. We knew it was going to be won and lost in the first quarter of an hour in the second-half. We got the goal and then kicked a couple of stupid wides. They went down and got the goal then. Momentum shifted their way.

“After the goal had we kicked another score we probably would have won it. If you got another score after delivering a hammer-blow like that you would hope you would drive on and see it out. We didn’t manage to get that score.

“1-1 in the second-half isn’t good enough, not at all. It wasn’t that we hadn’t the chances either. The chances were there. We didn’t take them. We kicked bad wides. It just wasn’t to be, it just wasn’t our day.

“Ballincollig are a very good team. We knew that. They bring huge momentum into the game and they are a very spirited outfit. They had the better footballers and they deserved to win today. When you lose a county final it is disappointing, very disappointing.”

On the explosive start made by his side, a 0-9 to 0-2 advantage after 21 minutes, O’Sullivan added: “Everything we had planned worked in the first 20 minutes. We then took the foot off the gas and Ballincollig came back into it. By half-time they had it back to a point. That was the winning of the game.”


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