Donegal GAA officials were extremely annoyed last night over an injury suffered by star forward Patrick McBrearty in yesterday’s crunch Allianz National League clash with Dublin.
The Donegal officials were so incensed about the alleged incident involving a Dublin player that they have reported the incident to the referee and have left it in the hands of the official to deal with. This was confirmed last night by Donegal county secretary Aodh Mairtin O’Fearraigh. He also confirmed that Dublin had been made aware of the incident.
The Democrat/People’s Press has learned that Patrick McBrearty was treated by the team medics at half-time and again at the end of game for a laceration of his shoulder. He was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where he was due to receive treatment for the injury which occurred some time in the opening half of yesterday’s tie.
It is also learned that the Dublin team doctor was taken to the Donegal dressing room to witness the injury.
Donegal followers will be hoping that McBrearty recovers and is fit to take his place with the Co. U-21s when they face Cavan in the Ulster final on Wednesday night in Brewster Park, Enniskillen.
Meanwhile, the game itself ended in dramatic fashion with Jack McCaffrey and Paul Mannion scoring late points to earn Dublin a draw, Donegal 1-10, Dublin 0-13.
There was also controversy in the closing minutes as replacement referee Michael Duffy from Sligo, ruled out what seemed a legitimate call for a Donegal penalty.
Donegal were leading by two points, 1-8 to 0-9, at the time with a little over nine minutes remaining.
The result and Kerry’s one point victory over Tyrone in Healy Park, as well as Mayo beating Cork means that it was Donegal, the All-Ireland champions, that joined Down in the drop to Division Two.
“The boys are a bit shell-shocked because they feel that they did enough to win the game. A lot of stuff went on that didn’t add up, let’s put it like that,” said a clearly annoyed and disappointed Jim McGuinness when he spoke afterwards.
Despite Donegal supporters disapproval of Sligo official Michael Duffy and his handling of the game in the closing minutes, the Donegal boss refused to be drawn into any comment on the Sligo official’s handling of the game.
“Well, yeah. There were a lot of things going on near the end that had a major impact on the game and have relegated us as a result.
“Listen, you’re a journalist. You seen the game as well as I seen the game. You report on it tomorrow and I’ll read it,” said McGuinness.