Wednesday 21 March 2018

McCarthy call 'fair' - Gilroy

PAT GILROY insists that Dublin have no gripes over the handling of James McCarthy's hearing after the Ballymun defender failed in his bid to overturn the one-match suspension handed down for his red card against Mayo two weeks ago.

McCarthy was named in Gilroy's line-up to face Laois on Saturday evening but was replaced by club-mate Davy Byrne, after the CHC decided to uphold referee Marty Duffy's assertion that his contact with Alan Freeman in the abandoned league match in Castlebar had merited a straight red card.

"We have to respect that there is a process there," Gilroy said after his team beat Laois in O'Moore Park to get their Division 1 account up and running for the year. "He got a fair hearing and they viewed the other way to what we viewed it. We wouldn't have been appealing it if we didn't. We trust the way that thing works because it has been fair enough to us in the past so we have to roll with it when it happens."

Gilroy also revealed that 2010 Footballer of the Year, Bernard Brogan, suffered a minor injury on Thursday night and was not in a position to take his spot on the substitutes' bench on Saturday, but expected him to be fit for next Sunday's visit of Armagh.


"We didn't realise it on Friday (at Gilroy's weekly media briefing) but he didn't tog out. He will be fine... it's only a minor thing."

Likewise, Paul Brogan suffered a minor knock early on the Laois match and was replaced by captain, Bryan Cullen, before half-time, but is likely to be available as Dublin play their second of six consecutive league matches against the Orchard County (4.15).

"He was carrying a knock that he got very early on in the match," Gilroy explained. "He didn't seem to be able to shake it off, so we took him out."

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