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Huge Controversy As Limerick's Kyle Hayes Avoids Red Card After Unsavoury Incident

Huge Controversy As Limerick's Kyle Hayes Avoids Red Card After Unsavoury Incident
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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Limerick secured the second win of theit Allianz National Hurling League Division 1A campaign this afternoon, emerging as 0-24 to 0-19 winners over Galway in Pearse Stadium.

It was a high quality game between two very good sides, with many viewing Henry Shefflin's side as one of the most likely challengers to Limerick's throne later in the year.

They would hoped to put down a marker in this game as a result, although they were unable to do so as John Kiely's side ran out as five-point winners.

There were some quality scores over the course of the game, including this effort from Cian Lynch.


While Limerick deserved the win, there were some questions raised about one decision that went their way during the match.

Kyle Hayes gets away with blatant red card offence

Much has been said about Limerick's approach to the game, one that often brings them dangerously close to overstepping the mark in terms of the physicality that they bring and incidents of them lashing at opponents in unsavoury manners.

There was one such example this afternoon, with Kyle Hayes very lucky not to be sent off after striking out at Galway's Brian Concannon.


Despite the incident occurring directly in front of the officials, the Kildimo-Pallaskenry clubman somehow avoided the red card.

He was very fortunate.

Those who were watching the game could not believe that the strike had gone unpunished.




Fairly damning.

When asked about the incident by TG4 after the game, Limerick boss John Kiely said he had yet to see a replay. He also turned down the chance to view a replay during the interview.

From my viewpoint, he was simply putting his hand out to say the ball was for Limerick. That was my interpretation of it.

I haven't seen a clip of it, so I'll have to wait and see...

It was at the far side of the field and I haven't seen it back, so I can't comment on it as such. That was my initial impression of it at the time.

I'll get plenty of time (to look at it) during the week, don't worry.

This result was Limerick's second consecutive victory, bouncing back from their defeat to Cork in the opening round of fixtures.

While they got away with this incident, they will be hoping that a lack of discipline doesn't cost them at a more pivotal point of the year.

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