Sunday 19 November 2017

'No real malice'

Tyrrell's verdict on Davy's pitch outburst

Brendan Furlong - GAA Round-up

Davy Fitzgerald in the thick of the things with Jason Forde on Sunday
Davy Fitzgerald in the thick of the things with Jason Forde on Sunday
The Wexford manager congratulates Tipperary's Pádraic Maher

The League Sunday panel on RTE agreed that Davy Fitzgerald overstepped the mark, but also believed that James Breen was clearly fouled in the incident that led up to Tipperary's second goal.

Former Kilkenny star Jackie Tyrrell and Waterford great Ken McGrath said that the Wexford manager was wrong to enter the field of play during Sunday's semi-final clash with the Premier county, but both understood his frustration on the sideline.

The second goal, Noel McGrath's first of the afternoon to put the Premier men six points up in the 20th minute, was a particularly contentious moment in the match.

It resulted in an irate Fitzgerald making his way onto the pitch where he remonstrated with referee Diarmuid Kirwan and was confronted by a couple of Tipperary players.

Fitzgerald was incensed that corner-back James Breen was not awarded a free out in the lead up to the goal, and speaking on RTE's League Sunday, Tyrrell agreed it was the wrong decision from the Offaly-born, Cork-based referee.

'It is a free out for Wexford. No doubt about it,' he told viewers while pointing out that Kirwan's distance from the incident, and the number of players in front of him, may have impaired his view.

'Davy is quite animated and he has every right to be, but he shouldn't be encroaching onto the field. Davy will know that. Luckily enough there was no real malice, or no real fall-out from it,' said the former Kilkenny corner-back, who played under Fitzgerald with Limerick I.T.

Ken McGrath, who was part of the Waterford team managed by the Clareman, believed Fitzgerald's passion got the better of him and felt he will regret his course of action.

'We all know he's an unbelievably passionate man. He was probably aggrieved, it was a free at an important stage of the game. He overstepped the mark being out on the pitch.

'Thankfully the players had common sense and it didn't escalate. I'm sure sitting at home he probably regrets what he did, but that's Davy. He wears his heart on his sleeve. I think the Wexford players got a lift from it, but it's not what you want to see.'

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