DUBLIN officials have slammed the lack of cameras in Salthill for last Sunday’s NFL draw with Galway as they look to appeal against Alan Brogan’s red card.
Brogan is in danger of missing the NFL final against Cork on Sunday, April 24 after he was sent off just nine minutes into the Division One clash.
Referee Pat Fox sent Brogan to the line after consulting with linesman following a clash with Galway defender Johnny Duane, but Dublin believe video evidence will clear their player. The problem is they can’t find any footage that clearly shows what happened in the off-the-ball incident.
The absence of TV cameras at the game – the first time that has happened with Dublin in this league season – has baffled the Dubs as TV cameras cost Eoghan O’Gara a two month ban after the Kerry match in February.
Dublin chairman Andy Kettle said, “It’s ironic that this is the first game Dublin have played at which there weren’t cameras. Yet there were plenty of cameras on the night that Eoghan O’Gara picked up his suspension. I think it highlights the imbalance of the present system.”
Meanwhile, Dublin’s 2010 captain David Henry picked up a thigh strain in a club game last weekend, while midfielder Eamon Fennell made his long-awaited debut for St. Vincent’s after his protracted transfer from O’Toole’s.
Tyrone, Meath Draw
TYRONE legend Philip Jordan was missing as his team drew with Meath in Navan on Sunday, but manager Mickey Harte believes he will return.
“I’d like to think he will be back yeah,” Harte told TV3. “He’s taking a bit of a break at the minute but my information would suggest that he will be playing this summer.
“We need that; people like Philip Jordan who was an all-star last year, who keeps himself in fantastic shape, who’s been a very good player over a long number of years for Tyrone.”
The Tyrone team missed out on promotion from Division Two of the NFL thanks to that draw in Navan, and Harte is worried whether or not his team can contend for the All-Ireland from the second tier next season.
Harte said, “I don’t think that anybody from Division Three or Division Four, no disrespect to them, are going to win the All-Ireland.
“In fact, it is highly doubtful anyone from Division Two is going to win it. So, the team that wins the All-Ireland generally comes from the top division. If you want to look at teams that are going to do well, look at the top division.”
Meanwhile, Meath manager Seamus McEnaney promised there is more to come from star forward Graham Reilly after his four second half points.
“Graham is only back from a groin operation five weeks ago and is only half fit,” said the Meath boss. “Gerry McEntee done a super job and has him in what I would call 60 per cent shape for this game.”
McEnaney praised his team’s work-rate against Tyrone and added, “We showed great mental strength, a bit of resilience.
“That’s something that I suppose a lot of people were accusing us of lacking. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind about the character of this team.”
KERRY captain Colm Cooper has admitted that his teammates are ageing but denies that will stand against them in this year’s All-Ireland football championship.
Speaking at the launch of eircom’s sponsorship of the All-Ireland series, Cooper claimed there is life left yet in Kerry’s old dogs.
“That’s a fair comment to say we’re an ageing team but we feel there is enough there to be challenging for an All-Ireland,” said Cooper.
“We’ve introduced a few new players so that mixes up everything. I feel we have enough to compete. If you go through the 27 players on the panel, it’s more miles on the clock than anything else and obviously that can take its toll as well.
“But I wouldn’t go writing guys off to say there isn’t a few more years left in them. There are guys like Tomas O Se who are a little bit older. He won’t like me saying that, but by and large our guys aren’t very old.
“Marc O Se and Eoin Brosnan are in their early 30s but after that myself and Kieran Donaghy are 27, Declan O’Sullivan is 26. They’ve a lot of miles on the clock but I don’t think we’ll be too far away.”
JOE Canning is expected to make his return to the Galway hurling team for Sunday’s must win clash with Waterford, probably as a replacement for the injured Ger Farragher.
Canning, Damien Hayes, Kevin Hynes and Aidan Harte are all close to a return to action according to manager John McIntyre with some of them set to return on Sunday.
After a heavy defeat to Tipperary last time out, Galway have to beat Waterford to reach their first league final in four years.
“The Tipp defeat was a massive reality check for everyone involved in this Galway team,” admitted McIntyre.
Waterford will be without John Mullane, away on his honeymoon, and midfielder Richie Foley.