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Yellowbellies Legend Slates RTÉ's Coverage Of Wexford v Clare

Yellowbellies Legend Slates RTÉ's Coverage Of Wexford v Clare
By Luke Delaney
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Clare had to fight back from six points down with just over ten minutes remaining against Wexford in the GAA All-Ireland SHC quarterfinal Saturday, and will now play Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semifinal.  The Yellowbellies put in an impressive performances for the best part of 60 minutes, and one man who was in fantastic form for Wexford was their talisman Lee Chin, who scored 2-8 from wing forward.

But an Aaron Shanagher goal four minutes from time followed by points from Tony Kelly, Shane Meehan and Shanagher himself sealed a four-point win for the Banner county. However Wexford hurling legend Tom Dempsey wasn't impressed with the coverage given to his county on RTÉ after the game, and vented his frustrations on Facebook.


Tom Dempsey on RTÉ's GAA coverage


Dempsey - an integral part of Wexford's 1996 All-Ireland winning team -  took to Facebook to vent his frustrations on the lack of credit given to Wexford in the post match reaction and analysis from the panel of Joe Canning, Anna Geary and former Wexford boss Davy Fitzgerald.

"Raced home to watch game on telly and was left speechless by the analysis which focused completely on Clare all the way through. No credit whatsoever to our lads but just how poorly the Banner played up to the last ten minutes."

"A complete lack of respect for Wexford hurling and when looking for man of the match no Wexford player even mentioned. Why don't the losers ever get this award.

Dempsey also complained about the controversial decision to award a free and not a penalty to Lee Chin which the RTÉ panel agreed with the referee, much to the disapproval of the former Wexford man.


"Lee Chin had turned the player and was pulled down with no Clare player between him and the goal so penalty and black full stop. For 3 analysts to say that two Clare defenders were on their way back is completely irrelevant.

"Focus on marginal square balls was really the main reference to Wexford during the analysis which doesn't give the credit to our lads that we deserve.

"Yesterday, we deserved more time space and respect from our National Station and we did not get this from the analysts. "

Liam Sheedy has also called for the GAA to add extra markings on hurling pitches to help the referees with decisions like this.

You can see the full incident of the foul on Chin here.

For Wexford, it's another year with no silverware although if their performance for the first 60 minutes against Clare is anything to go by, they will be back stronger and raring to go for next year


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