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Kenny dismayed by dismissal
18 Apr 2015 14:02
Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has disputed the decision to dismiss Lilywhites goalkeeper Gary Rogers in Friday night’s SSE Airtricity League Premier Division clash against Shamrock Rovers, with the high-profile incident proving the catalyst for the Hoops’ comeback in a 2-2 draw at Tallaght Stadium.
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David McMillan had given the visitors the lead just before half-time, while a second goal from Ronan Finn ensured the league leaders were in the driving seat at the Dublin venue.
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However, Rogers’ dismissal by referee Neil Doyle for a challenge on Ryan Brennan was to prove pivotal in the outcome of the game.
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Michael Drennan slotted the spot-kick that followed past Gabrial Sava, who replaced Rogers in the Dundalk goal, and netted again just minutes later as Dundalk were forced to cling on to earn a solitary point.
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“The game turned on a big call by the referee in relation to sending Gary off and giving them a penalty,” Kenny told RTÉ Sport.
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“I think the referee initially pointed for a free-kick because the foul was outside the box, so I’m not sure how it ended up being a penalty.
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“In my view, it wasn’t a foul at all.
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“We should have cleared the danger anyway, but that’s neither here nor there. Gary was shielding the ball into the box and the striker ran into him.”
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Kenny’s opposite number Pat Fenlon felt Rovers did enough to win the tie, despite Dundalk’s two-goal buffer before Rogers departure.
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“We’re disappointed we didn’t get the three points,” Fenlon said. “I thought we deserved them.
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“The goal at the end of the first half and one at the start of the second knocked the stuffing out of the boys, but it was a great response.
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“In the end, with the sending off, we pinned them in for long spells.
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“It’s disappointing we didn’t pick up three points but I’m very pleased with the performance.
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“We said when I came in here that this place has been too easy for teams to come in and roll over Rovers, and it’s not happening at the moment. That’s the way it should be and the players showed great character to go and get back into the game and in the end we could have won it.”
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