REFEREEING BLAMED AS CREMARTIN’S ULSTER DREAM IS CRUSHED

1 December 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Cremartin had a year to remember, but it finished with a day to forget in Armagh last Sunday. The Shamrocks will look back and wonder how they lost to Tyrone side Derrytresk in a conversial Ulster Club Junior Football Championship Final at the Athletic Grounds. by COLM SHALVEY
It’s fair to say that Antrim referee Gregory Walsh won’t be receiving any Christmas cards from Cremartin after a performance which was sharply criticised by their manager Gerry McCarville.
The Monaghan legend, who intervened when a couple of his players remonstrated with Walsh at the final whistle, said “I have never seen as bad a refereeing performance in all the time that I have been involved in football… we don’t even know what our man (Niall Flanagan) was sent off for.”
McCarville wasn’t alone in wondering why Flanagan had been shown a second yellow card, which left Cremartin fighting an uphill battle, having to play more than half of the game with 14 men.
Walsh also gave some harsh over-carrying decisions against Cremartin – one of which led to a Derrytresk point – and another contentious call led to the second goal.
As a number of players battled to win a breaking ball, a throw-up looked the likely outcome, but Walsh initially signalled a free to Cremartin before seemingly changing his mind and giving it to Derrytresk, who took full advantage as Conor O’Neill sent it in for Michael Rea to apply the finishing touch.
Darren Bishop was on the receiving end of some rough treatment, most of which went unpunished until Conor O’Neill was sent off for putting the boot in on the Cremartin captain right in front of a linesman.
Cremartin won two-thirds of the kick-outs (18 out of 27), yet the free count showed Derrytresk ahead by 32 to 21 and ‘the men from the hill’ scored just twice from play (the two goals), with all five points coming from frees.
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