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Bohs Manager Devine Livid After Controversial Red Card Against Shels

Bohs Manager Devine Livid After Controversial Red Card Against Shels
Colman Stanley
By Colman Stanley
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Shelbourne came out on top in last night's League of Ireland Premier Division Dublin derby against Bohemians, with a 1-0 win in Tolka Park.

The victory came courtesy of a lovely 78th minute strike from substitute Kian Leavy, but not before a controversial red card, which left Bohs manager Declan Devine fuming, had been awarded.

The card was shown to Dylan Connolly in the 67th minute, after he was deemed to have struck John Ross Wilson.

Wilson had initially put in a superb tackle on Connolly, before the pair got up and appeared to barge into each other, with Wilson falling to the ground.

It is unclear from the footage whether Connolly did in fact strike Wilson in the face, but none the less, referee Arnold Hunter produced a straight red.


"I think the decision has killed us," said Devine. "It’s right in front of the linesman and I understand and I’m not having a go here but it’s a poor mistake, it’s a really poor mistake.

I’ve watched it back, it’s the first thing I’ve watched back and I’ve seen it live from 60 yards away from where the linesman and I knew then it wasn’t [a red card].

We spoke all week as a group about not giving the officials an easy decision. We knew it was a derby game and we knew it was going to be feisty and I spoke to my players and I trust every one of them not to do something reckless.

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"Ultimately it’s a mad decision when you when you see the sending off back, it’s a mad decision," continued Devine.


"My player has got barged into by one of their players and he’s saying he smashed him around the face, I just don’t see how it could be given.

"It’s halfway through the second half and we were the team in the ascendancy. I still feel even with the 10 men we were the team in the ascendancy and we had a couple of half-chances."

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