Jonny Cooper’s dismissal from the first half of the All-Ireland closing changed the complicated of the decider, along Kerry fought back to rescue a draw.
Like any card on a big point, it had been subject to much debate, but the Sky Sports panel were in agreement referee David Gough made the decision that is right from the awarding of two yellows.
«Jonny is a combative player, we understand that,» said ex-Dublin star Senan Connell.
«He likes to make contact. He is very aggressive in the attack. Perhaps there ought to have been a telephone to take him off.
«In David Gough’s head, there is an accumulation of fouls here. What else, when you’re following giving away a certain amount of frees, you need to be disciplined in the handle. It was said by me in studio [after the yellow ], Jonny is going to need to be very cautious here. The accumulative fouls are going to hurt himand they did at the end.
«[It was] persistent fouling and then he deserved it.»
Peter Canavan agreed, implying the Dublin management ought to have transferred the Na Fianna defender off David Clifford after his booking.
«Right awayhe had to be taken him off [Clifford], because Jonny Cooper can’t perform any other way but you need to be full-blooded and strike the ball,» said Canavan.
«But we’re waiting for many years now to view Jim Gavin reveal some symptoms of complacency — did he even have too much confidence in Jonny Cooper? Why did not he proceed Michael Fitzsimons on the star man? David Clifford was playing very well.»
Sky Sports’ sideline reporter Damian Lawlor added the thought-process of Gough and circumstance:
Lawlor explained:»I’ve been connected up to this referee David Gough through the match, and to be honest to himwhile it was a tough decision for him to create in an All-Ireland closing, he’d cautioned Jonny Cooper three times during the first half about repeat infringements occurring.»
Actually Cooper’s dismissal has been just two yellow cards as opposed to a red means he will be free to play in the replay.
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