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Former Cork City Striker Has His Say On That Australian League Headbutt

By PJ Browne
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Roy O'Donovan - the former Cork City and Sunderland striker - is plugging away in Australia these days with Central Coast Mariners.

The 30-year-old, who joined the Mariners in May on a two-year-deal, has scored four times so far this season for the A-League side.

On Thursday night, O'Donovan's prospects of adding to his tally in the near future should probably have temporarily stalled.


Following an altercation with Manny Muscat of Wellington Phoenix, O'Donovan head-butted the player, somehow only receiving a yellow card for his actions.

Previous to the Corkman's rather aggressive use of his head, the two players had been involved in some physical contact with Muscat throwing his elbow in O'Donovan's direction.

Speaking to Fox Sports, O'Donovan gave his side of the story, labeling Muscat's actions as 'Oscar-worthy'.

I’ve got elbowed in the face not once, not twice, and the referee hasn’t seen fit to react to that and book Manny Muscat.

I walked away and had a player run into my direction, I leaned my head in and I’ve reacted to it.

He’s gone down like a movie star there. He should get an Oscar for that. He timed it perfectly.

Regarding what some may see as the referee's lenient handling of the situation, O'Donovan felt Kris Griffiths-Jones got the call right.


He felt there wasn’t enough force behind what I did. I got yellow-carded and nobody got hurt. Manny played out the rest of the team, he didn’t have a scratch or a bruise.

We shook hands after the game and I’m the only one that has any wounds from the whole event.

You can watch the incident below.

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