Donegal boss unhappy with referee

Donegal boss unhappy with referee
Donegal manager Margaret Foy was not very happy with Cavan referee Yvonne Duffy, when speaking after the game, and she also accused Tyrone of being over physical.

Donegal manager Margaret Foy was not very happy with Cavan referee Yvonne Duffy, when speaking after the game, and she also accused Tyrone of being over physical.

The Sean MacCumhaill’s club woman was certainly not mincing her words in her after-match reaction.

And while she said she did not want to blame the referee for the defeat she certainly felt that Donegal had come out on the wrong end of a number of the official’s calls.

“It was a very physical game and we got a sin-bin (Karen Guthrie) and I know you can’t go blaming referees. But it was a 50/50 tackle and if you make calls like that you need to be consistent throughout the game,” said the Donegal manager.

“It is about protecting players and you have to be fair and consistent accross the board. We were told the rules at the start of the year. But these rules don’t seem to be applied on the field.

“But in saying that the girls fought well. They were unlucky at times; we missed a penalty and had a goal ruled out in the second half for a square ball.

“We also got caught on the hop at the start. We sat back and allowed them hit them. There was a lot of hitting off the ball too.

“Our girls went out to play football. Tyrone were very physical, and it was a very physical game but in the end it was a Donegal girl that was sin-binned,” added the Donegal boss, clearly irked by the sin-binning of Karen Guthrie just before half-time,” said Margaret

“We were here to play football and promote the sport. I never read in the rules where contact is in the rules of Ladies Gaelic football.

“Fair play to Tyrone, they played the game and our girls sat back and allowed them to play football.

“It took us a long time to settle into the game. Tyrone came out hard and took the game to us and hit us for two early goals. Gemma Begley caused us a lot of problems. She is a strong player and hit the early scores and put us on the back foot from the word go and we were chasing the game after ten minutes.”

The Donegal boss, who made four unforced changes from last week’s defeat to Cork, also bemoaned the loss of Moville’s Ciara Hegarty. Hegarty, one of the experienced members of the squad, missed the game due to a combination of work and studies.

However, the Donegal boss did make four other changes and a number of positional changes from the side that started against Cork the previous week.