Friday 19 July 2019

Roscommon ire over ref's call

Roscommon 1-10 Tyrone 1-10

LATE CALL: Ref Noel Mooney and Roscommon manager Anthony Cunningham. Pic: Sportsfile
LATE CALL: Ref Noel Mooney and Roscommon manager Anthony Cunningham. Pic: Sportsfile

There was late drama in Dr Hyde Park as Roscommon won an injury-time free in front of the Tyrone goal that would surely have handed them the win, only to see referee Noel Mooney opt to throw up the ball for what he saw as retaliation.

Gary Patterson was fouled 20 metres out in front of the posts but after Ultan Harney crashed into 'keeper Niall Morgan, Mooney consulted with his umpires before cancelling the free, throw-up the ball and the blowing the final whistle seconds later.

"I think in a lot of situations you don't get them overturned," Roscommon manager Anthony Cunningham said. "It was quite harsh. We just take the referee's decision but it was strange enough one."

The decision denied Roscommon what would have been their second win of the campaign. They had played some brilliant football in the first-half where they played with a strong wind, kicking ten points from play from seven different players to take a 0-10 to 0-6 lead in at the break.

When Ultan Harney flicked to the net on 43 minutes, they led by seven before Tyrone mounted their wind-assisted comeback.

Cathal McShane grabbed their goal while 'keeper Morgan landed three second-half points including one from play.

Morgan's effort from play drew the sides level on 67 minutes and in a tense finale, Tyrone finished with 14 men after Mattie Donnelly was black-carded .

Tyrone boss Mickey Harte admitted afterwards that they need to pick up wins if they are to avoid the drop.

"All the points that remain are becoming crucial now because there's three gone and only four games left and we need points from that. People don't think its too difficult to come to Omagh and get points so we can't say we have a fortress in Omagh so we have home game and we have to make the best of it. We have to go to Dublin which is not easy any day of the week."

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