Dublin boss Jim Gavin singles out referee David Coldrick for praise after match against Westmeath

Updated: Monday, 06 Jan 2014 08:23 | Comments

Jim Gavin watches proceedings at Cusack Park
Jim Gavin watches proceedings at Cusack Park



Dublin manager Jim Gavin was full of praise for referee David Coldrick after Dublin's first competitive game under the new black card rule.

The All-Ireland champions prevailed by a point against Westmeath in the O’Byrne Cup, 0-12 to 0-11, at Cusack Park.

No cards black cards were brandished by Coldrick and Gavin said: “I thought David Coldrick handled the game very, very well.

“There was great use of the advantage rule and I thought the new rules worked.”

Gavin was pleased with the performance considering his players had only been training together for a week or so.

He said: “We’re only back eight days and there were a lot of technical errors, handling, kick passing and shooting but that’s to be expected.

“We got nine scores from play out of the 12 which wasn’t a bad return.”

Gavin is hoping some new faces will emerge from the O’Byrne Cup outings that will force their way into their National League squad.

He said: “It’s a pre-season tournament and it is there to try players out and to give them an opportunity to stake a claim for a squad place during the Allianz National League.

“We took the same approach last year and got a good few players from it.”

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