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Brennan: Farrell red card was harsh
23 Feb 2015 15:03
While not wanting to take anything away from Dublin’s Allianz Hurling League win over Kilkenny at Nowlan Park, former Cats star Eddie Brennan thought the first-half dismissal of Jonjo Farrell was “clearly not a sending off”.
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Kilkenny's Farrell saw red after 24 minutes for what the referee signalled was a wild swipe of the stick.
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The home side were later reduced to 13 men when Joe Lyng was red-carded for a late pull.
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The latter dismissal was warranted in the eyes of Brennan.
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“I hate saying it about any player but Joe Lyng was a little bit late,” he told RTÉ Sport. “I don’t think there was anything bad in it but it was across the head and he had to go.”
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The reaction to the initial sending-off offered a stark contrast, however, from the eight-times All-Ireland winner.
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“If the criteria applied to that sending-off had been applied throughout the match then there would have been ten lads gone off the field," said Brennan.
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“I didn’t see anything in it. It was a flicking action and If anything Jonjo Farrell was fouled before that.
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“I just hope now that this isn’t a trend we’ll see in league matches where we get some mad decisions before common sense is restored come championship time.”
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Dublin made it two wins from two in this year’s spring campaign after their 0-25 to 3-11 victory over the Black and Amber and it was their first success at Nowlan Park since 1964.
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Ger Cunningham’s side were full value for it, according to Brennan.
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“It was a very good win for them and it’s been long, long time since they got a win in Kilkenny. Anthony Daly’s team came close in a very high-scoring match a few years ago.
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“Kilkenny were short a couple of their very, very key players. Nonetheless, I’m not hugely surprised. I was asked about the game over the weekend and I felt Dublin had a good chance of victory.”
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As to what might happen for the rest of the league campaign, Brennan feels Dublin are in a good place, though there is still much to play for.
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“Not many would have predicted that Dublin would have won their opening two games. They have hit the ground running and their pre-season has obviously stood to them. They’re very sharp at the moment. The rest have a bit of catching up to do.
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“I felt Clare needed a huge league campaign and now they’re sitting at the bottom. As was the case in recent seasons, no team won all their matches. It might happen again.
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"Last year, Kilkenny and Tipperary struggled early on but yet both of them ended up contesting the league final. There is still a lot to play for.”
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