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Kilcar And St Eunan's Draw As O'Donnell Gets Bizarre Red Card

Kilcar And St Eunan's Draw As O'Donnell Gets Bizarre Red Card

Kilcar and St Eunan's drew in the second round of the Donegal Senior Football Championship in Letterkenny on Friday evening.

The game finished 1-9 each, leaving both teams on three points. Kilcar had led 1-7 to 0-4 at half-time but St Eunan's slowly reeled them in during the second period.

Eunan's equalising score was a goal from Padraig McGettigan in the 55th minute. It came after a high ball from Caolan Ward caused a scramble in the Kilcar defence and McGettigan struck to the net from a tight angle.

There followed a bizarre red card for St Eunan's centre forward Niall O'Donnell. The inter-county player deliberately kicked the ball from the tee of Kilcar goalkeeper Kevin Campbell - a la Barry John Keane for Kerry in the 2014 All-Ireland final against Donegal.

Campbell went down injured and a red card followed for O'Donnell.

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"I didn't see it," St Eunan's manager Richard Thornton told TG4 regarding the red card.

"I know what he did. I know he probably tried to delay the ball and kick it away. I think the keeper was maybe close to it. He may have made a wee bit much of it. Jimmy made the decision and I'll not comment any further."

Kilcar were down to 14 men at the time. Andrew McClean had been sent off just minutes earlier for picking up a second yellow card.

Thornton also felt that a first half penalty which had been awarded to Kilcar, and scored by Paddy McBrearty, had "looked soft enough".

"It's not an easy job [refereeing], things happen in a split second," added Thornton.

"It's alright for me shouting from the sideline."

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