Offaly Senior "B" Football hampionship final

Durrow boss Curran says O'Dea's red card was 'phantom' dismissal

Gearoid Keegan


Gearoid Keegan

Durrow boss Curran says O'Dea's red card was 'phantom' dismissal

Shane Curran (right) with members of the Durrow backroom team.

DURROW manager Shane Curran believes Bobby O'Dea should not have been sent off in the Senior 'B' Football Championship semi-final against Tubber.

Durrow are hoping the dismissal is overturned this week clearing the way for the player to take the field against Gracefield in the decider.

Curran described the red card issued by referee Chris Dwyer as “a phantom sending off”.

He says he has viewed video footage of the incident and believes there was “nothing in it.”

“No contact whatsoever. We're hoping justice will be done and Bobby will be able to play in the final,” said the manager.

He noted that Brian Gavin on commentary said it “wasn't even a free” and stressed that everyone makes mistakes, managers, players and referees.

“Referees make mistakes. We all make mistakes. Hopefully that mistake won't be compounded by a player losing out on a big occasion.

“I think if that mistake is acknowledged the player should be playing in the final.”

Durrow defeated Tubber by just one point, 2-9 to 1-11, having led 2-4 to 0-6 at half-time.

O'Dea was sent off in first half injury time after an off the ball clash that left Tubber's Eddie Kavanagh spreadeagled on the ground.

“We were lucky to win by a point. I thought we showed tremendous resilience, tremendous courage, tremendous commitment,” said Curran.

See Midland and Tullamore Tribune on Wednesday for a comprehensive preview of the final and the full interview with Shane Curran.