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Ó Sé And Whelan Expect GAA To Come Down Hard On Cavan And Down

Ó Sé And Whelan Expect GAA To Come Down Hard On Cavan And Down
By PJ Browne
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Ciarán Whelan and Tomás Ó Sé both expect the GAA to come down hard on Cavan and Down due to the row which erupted following the final whistle of their round two qualifier game at Brewster Park on Saturday evening.

Cavan won a feisty game by two points. Down's Ryan Johnson saw red during the game - there were also black cards for Connaire Harrison and Kevin McKernan in the first half.

The final whistle blown, three further red cards were shown by referee Cormac Reilly to Cavan duo Dara McVeety and Conor Moynagh along with Down's Anthony Doherty.

Cavan's Gearoid McKiernan sparked the melee after kicking the final score of the game to put his side up by two and then running to confront Down's Darren O'Hagan.

"He'll look back and he'll probably regret it," said Ciarán Whelan on The Sunday Game.

He clips the score, two points up and it's game over - Cavan have won. There was obviously something going on with O'Hagan. There was a bit of bad blood there and he goes over and goads him.

Cavan are in the next round - they're done and dusted. He goes back to him again at the final whistle and then another Cavan player comes into O'Hagan. Then this kicks off a nasty scene where officials get involved, mentors get involved. Cavan end up getting two players sent-off after the match - Conor Moynagh and Dara McVeety - they were the instigators.

When you get to a position like that, you've won, you're in the next round. Down have nothing to lose, you should just walk off the field. Now it's going to hurt them badly in the next round.


Monday morning's third round qualifier draw threw out a tough encounter for Cavan - they will be at home to Tyrone. Even with the availability to McVeety, it would have been a difficult task.

Tomás Ó Sé said that just as the GAA severely punished Tyrone and Armagh for a mass scrap which followed a recent U20 game, similar disciplinary measures should be used regarding Saturday's incident.


"The U20 game that was on recently - Tyrone and Armagh - they came down very hard on them; there was a serious amount of suspensions handed out. This is something similar at a senior level.

"There was a lot more [than two players who threw punches]. Without naming names, you'd want to be watching it for half-an-hour to see who threw what.

"If you're coming down on a U20 side, you're going to have to be consistent and come down on them too. It's unacceptable."



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