Kildare manager Cian O'Neill was furious at the second half decision to send off Daniel Flynn in his team's three point loss to Galway in Newbridge this afternoon. 

Flynn was sent off by referee Sean Hurson early in the second half on the advice of linesman Joe McQuillan following an off the ball incident involving Sean Andy O'Ceallaigh. 

Galway held off a spirited 14-man Kildare in the finish, winning 0-19 to 0-16, a result which, combined with Monaghan and Kerry's draw in Clones, proved enough to book the westerners a semi-final spot and condemn Kildare to elimination. 

An annoyed O'Neill clearly had the red card decision in his mind in his post-match interview with RTÉ.

"The score was what the score was. I want to pay credit to my guys. They battled bravely there," O'Neill sighed.

"Another shocking decision - which wasn't the referee's call - to send the player off. I thought it was a very well contested and hard fought match. And to lose a player for 25 minutes there. It's just not on. 

"You'd really wonder why we train so hard and then get treated like that by sideline officials who seem to be more interested in looking for something that's not there than assisting the referee. 

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O'Neill did say that the sending off was not the pivotal moment in the game, suggesting that Kildare lost it in the ten minutes either side of half-time when they spurned numerous scoring opportunities. 

"It's never that simple. I thought the game was decided - if you want to look at it broadly - in the ten minutes before half-time and the ten minutes after half-time. 

"We had four good scoring opportunities in a row before half time and missed every one of them. We got punished down the other end. 

"And similarly, we had good opportunities to start the second half well and we didn't. So ultimately, that was where the game was won and lost. 

"We didn't execute as well as we could. That was reflected in the stats. Galway were that bit sharper in front of goal and that's why they scored more than us."