EAMON O’BOYLE emerged from the Naomh Muire huddle after his side bowed out of the Championship and attempted to sum up a madcap day in Ballybofey.
Naomh Muire had Lee Boyle, Adam O’Brien and Paddy McCafferty sent off – the latter pair after two bookings – while MacCumhaills saw James Lynch dismissed on a straight red and John Lynch and Andrew McCloskey walk the plank after getting two yellow cards.
Picture caption: Sean MacCumhaills forward Brian Lafferty under pressure from Dan Gallagher of Naomh Muire. Picture by Chris Doherty.
O’Boyle seemed baffled by it all.
“Six men sent off, rather harshly and it was very hard to see why some of them were sent off,” the Naomh Muire manager told Donegal Sport Hub.
“The whole game as a spectacle, it was a good game and there wasn’t really a bad tackle in the whole game.
“I spoke to some of the MacCumhaills lads after the game and they said that the game was ruined by the referee. We are of the same opinion that the game was ruined by some of the decisions.”
Naomh Muire were beaten 4-10 to 0-17 with Chris Patton, the Sean MacCumhaills goalkeeper saving two great goal chances for the Lower Rosses side late in the day.
After Patton thwarted Adi O’Gara, when a goal could have put Naomh Muire ahead, MacCumhaills broke and Martin O’Reilly netted.
O’Boyle said: “MacCumhaills deserved to win and they took their goals very well. We were left searching for goals late on. If we had taken our points, we’d have been better off.[adrotate group=”46″]
“It was an encouraging display. They showed great heart and desire. We’re pretty low in the table in Division 2. No-one gave us a chance and people will look at that display and say that we aren’t as bad as they thought.
“They probably showed our inexperience a wee bit when they got drawn into certain things.
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