MONAGHAN CHAMPIONS SAMPLE BITTER TASTE OF CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL

25 November 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By JOHN GRAHAM
THERE WERE contrasting reactions in the various camps at the end of last Sunday’s contest in the Athletic Grounds with Latton annoyed with the referee and how quickly he blew the full-time whistle after sending off Burren substitute Eoin McCartan.
Latton were just about allowed to take the free which they played short and just as their player was in possession from the short free Cassidy controversially blew the full-time whistle although there was about 10 seconds of the two minutes of stoppage time indicated still remaining on the stopwatch.
Indeed with the stoppage for that sending-off and the dismissal of Burren centre back Ciaran McGovern on a second yellow card minutes earlier it would be reasonable to expect that at least a further minute would have been added during which time Latton might have got a goal as Burren were only two points ahead and down to 13 players.
Finbar Fitzpatrick, a member of the Latton management trio was visibly annoyed.
“I can’t see why he didn’t allow us to finish that phase of play. We had an opportunity at that stage, Owen Coyle was free on the wing and who knows the ball could have been lofted in and we might have got a goal out of it. I was also very disappointed that there was only two minutes of stoppage time added because there were two sendings off and we felt there was at least three if not maybe four minutes of stoppage time that could be added.”
That apart though Finbar Fitzpatrick saw the game as an opportunity lost for Latton although he did acknowledge that they had played a part in their own downfall by missing so many chances.
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