Kieran McGeeney bemoaned the officiating after his Armagh side were held to a draw for the second week running in the Allianz Football League. 

Officially designated as the home side, though the game was played in Páirc Esler as punishment for last year's illegal warm weather training camp, Armagh appeared set to take the points until David Tubridy grabbed a late, late equalising goal for Clare. 

McGeeney had major issues with that goal as well as Clare's first goal, not to mention Jamie Clarke's first-half red card.

Meath ref Cormac Reilly was satisfied that Gavin Cooney's fisted effort late in the first half was deflected into the net by an Armagh hand and that Tubridy's last-minute strike did in fact cross the line. The Armagh boss took the opposite view in both cases. 

And he heavily implied that histrionics from Kevin Hartnett had resulted in Clarke's sending off. 

"When you look at the video again, they [Clare] definitely got the rub of the green," he told RTÉ Sport afterwards.  

"There's a ball that goes in [to the net from a fist pass] that nobody touched. There's a ball that [the ref says] crosses the line, that doesn't look to have crossed it.

"And a man [Clarke] got sent off for what looks like for what looks like a man just holding his face and going down. 

"It is a point dropped. There were three big decisions which, looking at the video, they got wrong."

Three men were ordered off altogether, with Cathal O'Connor sent off for Clare with 15 minutes to play while Aaron McKay received a second yellow in injury time.

The biggest stoppage occurred mere seconds into the encounter when Dermot Coughlan suffered what appeared to be a serious leg injury. 

As a result, 12 minutes of injury-time was required at the end of the first half and Coughlan was warmly applauded by both sets of supporters when stretchered off. 

Banner manager Colm Collins suggested afterwards that the game shouldn't have been played, saying the pitch was still frosted over in places. McGeeney, for his part, didn't see it. 

"It was about 3 or 4 degrees out there. Colm is a good man and I definitely wouldn't question [him]. But I didn't even see any frost."