Donegal may appeal Rory Kavanagh’s red card

Donegal may appeal Rory Kavanagh’s  red card
Donegal may appeal Rory Kavanagh’s red card picked up in the second half of yesterday’s Division Two League final against Monaghan.

Donegal may appeal Rory Kavanagh’s red card picked up in the second half of yesterday’s Division Two League final against Monaghan.

The midfielder was shown a red card by referee David Gough after being involved in an incident with Monaghan’s Darren Hughes. Gough took the decision after consulting with his linesman on the Cusack Stand side of Croke Park, the official nearest the incident. Kavanagh had minutes earlier been shown a yellow card.

The incident that led to the sending off came about after the Monaghan player tried to stop Kavanagh in his bid to retrieve one of his boots after it came off.

And while the Donegal man did seem to strike out with the boot, the strike did seem minimal despite the fact that Hughes dropped to the ground.

The sending off carries an automatic one match suspension which means that the St Eunan’s man will miss Donegal’s next game which is against Derry in the championship.

However, afterwards Donegal manager, Jim McGuinness, was not giving up on the availability of his midfielder for the clash with the Oak Leaf County.

“We’ll see what happens on that front in the coming weeks,” was his response when asked about the prospect of going to Celtic Park without Kavanagh.

“We may appeal it. I don’t know at this stage. We will have a look at the incident again and see the context in which the incident happened.”

He also insisted it was a big moment and made it more difficult against a Monaghan side that were playing an expansive game on the wide open spaces of Croke Park. It was the second sending off for Donegal in Croke Park in recent times. Eamonn McGee picked up a straight red against Mayo, in last summer’s All-Ireland quarter-final.

It was a disappointing display from Donegal against a Monaghan side who were more direct. Monaghan had ten different scorers to Donegal’s four - one of the telling facts from the game.