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Sunday 4 December 2016

Dubs on trial as Diarmuid Connolly sees red in explosive semi-final clash

Gavin faces anxious wait on key players for replay after Croker stalemate

Diarmuid Connolly is greeted by manager Jim Gavin as he leaves the field after
being red-carded
Diarmuid Connolly is greeted by manager Jim Gavin as he leaves the field after being red-carded

Dublin face an anxious wait over the availability of some of their most important players for next Saturday's All-Ireland semi-final replay with Mayo.

Having been seven points clear with just eight minutes of normal time to play, Dublin contrived to squander their lead and the sides will meet again on Saturday at 5.0.

However, much of the post match talk surrounded incidents involving Diarmuid Connolly and Philly McMahon.

Connolly was red-carded after becoming entangled with Lee Keegan and while Jim Gavin wouldn't say afterwards whether Dublin would attempt to have their player cleared, it is expected that they will seek a hearing once, as expected, his one-match ban is recommended by the CCCC.

McMahon may also be in trouble after he was captured on camera clashing with Aidan O'Shea.

Afterwards, O'Shea claimed: "Yeah, I was head-butted alright. It's not for me to enforce the rules of the game but there was plenty of more things out there that the referee missed too."

There are also doubts over the availability of Rory O'Carroll. Having been replaced after just four minutes with a deep cut over his eye in an off-the-ball incident, the Dublin full-back never reappeared, although Gavin stated afterwards that O'Carroll hadn't suffered concussion.

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