Jonny Cooper’s dismissal at the first half the All-Ireland closing changed the decider’s complex, also together with the numerical advantage, Kerry fought back in the second half to save a draw.
Like any card on such a point, it was subject to disagreement, however, the Sky Sports panel had been in agreement referee David Gough made the right choice from the awarding of 2 yellows.
“Jonny is a combative participant, we understand that,” said ex-Dublin celebrity Senan Connell.
“He likes to make contact. He’s very aggressive in the handle. Maybe there ought to have been a call to shoot him off.
“At David Gough’s head, there is an accumulation of fouls here. No matter what else, as soon as you’re after giving away a certain amount of frees, you need to be disciplined in the undertake. I mentioned it here in studio [after the initial ], Jonny will need to be cautious here. The fouls will hurt himand they did at the end.
“[It was] persistent fouling and he deserved it.”
Peter Canavan agreed, implying that the Dublin management must have transferred the Na Fianna defender off David Clifford.
“Right awayhe had to be taken off him [Clifford], because Jonny Cooper can not perform any other way but be full-blooded and attack the ball,” said Canavan.
“But we’re waiting for many years now to view Jim Gavin show some indications of complacency – did he even have too much trust in Jonny Cooper? Why did not he go Michael Fitzsimons ? David Clifford was playing really well.”
Sky Sports’ sideline reporter Damian Lawlor added circumstance to Gough’s thought-process:
Lawlor explained:”I’ve been linked up to this referee David Gough during the match, and to be fair to him, while it was a tough decision for him to create within an All-Ireland final, he had warned Jonny Cooper three occasions throughout the first half about repeat infringements occurring.”
Actually Cooper’s dismissal has been just two yellow cards instead of a red means he will be free to play at the replay.
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