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Referee Escorted From Pitch As Dublin Lose First Game Of Farrell Era

Referee Escorted From Pitch As Dublin Lose First Game Of Farrell Era

Dublin lost their O'Byrne Cup semi-final against Longford at Pearse Park on Saturday. The game was Dessie Farrell's first in charge of the capital's senior footballers.

Longford won the game by a point with the winner - a free from Darren Gallagher - coming four minutes into injury time.

It was an experimental and hastily formed Dublin side. Many of the group which won the county's fifth consecutive All-Ireland spent the earlier part of this month on a team holiday in Bali. Training for them is scheduled to begin on Monday.

In all, Farrell made 23 substitutions in the game. Unlimited replacements are allowed to be made in pre-season competitions. Niall O'Callaghan - younger brother of Con - was one of the standout performers for Dublin, scoring two goals.

Referee Alan Coyne leaves the field after the O'Byrne Cup Semi-Final match between Longford and Dublin at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park in Longford. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

The home side's victory sparked some angry and distasteful scenes at the final whistle with referee Alan Coyne being escorted back to the dressing room by stewards.

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The Westmeath man left the field to shouts of 'Cheat, cheat, cheat' from Dublin supporters aggrieved with the official's decisions. Who would be a referee? Even in a competition like the O'Byrne Cup, they are not spared the abuse.

Offaly will play Longford in the O'Byrne Cup final on Saturday after they defeated Westmeath in the other semi-final.

Picture credit: Sportsfile

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