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Sunday Game Pundits Unanimous On Armagh Red Card Vs Galway

Sunday Game Pundits Unanimous On Armagh Red Card Vs Galway
By PJ Browne

Ciaran Whelan, Colm Cooper, and Sean Cavanagh all felt that referee David Coldrick was right to send off Armagh defender Greg McCabe during his side's All-Ireland quarter-final against Galway on Sunday.

In the 61st minute, McCabe hit Galway's Matthew Tierney with a shoulder to the chest which also made contact with his head. Galway were leading by two points at that stage, and would stretch it to six before Armagh came back to force extra-time.

"If you take this tackle on from the blindside, you have to be flush on the shoulder," Whelan said on The Sunday Game.

"You take a risk going into a tackle like this. If you don't meet the man correctly, and there's contact made with the shoulder up to the head, you're in trouble.

26 June 2022; Greg McCabe of Armagh makes his way to the substitutes bench after he was sent off during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Armagh and Galway at Croke Park, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

"Very, very similar to John Small last year who got away with it against Eoghan McLaughlin. That was probably in the back of David Coldrick's mind. We talk about shoulder to shoulder, but it's a risky tackle to take on; if you miss your target, you're in trouble."

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Colm Cooper added: "Initially, when I saw it today, I said 'What a great hit' but if you are a second late there, you're looking at a red card. The referee got it right."

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