There was quite a bizarre turn of events during Kildare’s defeat to Roscommon in Division 3 of the Lidl National Football league on Sunday afternoon.
Roscommon struck late with a stoppage time goal to claim victory but the main talking point afterwards was the awarding of a series of frees against Kildare for “player intimidation”.
Kildare boss Daniel Moynihan didn’t quite know what to make of the decisions that resulted in Roscommon getting two points.
“Defensively we were quite vocal and that is something we pride ourselves on but the ref said we were too vocal and there was two frees given against us for that which were both scored”.
“It’s a new one on me and it’s not going to change the result on us now but we need to go away and have a look at the way we actually defend because we stressed to the girls to keep the hands out and put as much pressure on the ball as possible and if they were going to shoot it was going to be from open play rather than frees but it didn’t work out for us today as a lot of frees went against us and because of that its something we need to have a look at”.
Some of the Kildare defenders were shouting block, block, block at their colleagues and rather strangely referee Stephen McNulty adjudged that to have been against the rules and not only did he give frees against Kildare but he also moved the ball straight in front of the goal.
“It’s very frustrating, I suppose it’s something that this group has struggled with vocally and from day one I’ve stressed that they need to be quite vocal on the pitch and it’s a bit strange that your told you can’t be vocal and encourage your teammates by calling for blocks”.
“That being seen as intimidation is a new one on you and a new one on me as well so we’ll deal with these situations as they arise and we’ll have to make sure we are not as vocal in that kind of way when we’re playing Wicklow”, Moynihan admitted.
As well as that the Wicklow official also gave a sin bin to Kildare goalkeeper Rebecca McGuirk which resulted in a penalty that allowed Roscommon back into the game.
“It’s nearly a double whammy if you like conceding a penalty, losing your goalkeeper and even having to take off an outfield player or two so it was a bit of a reorganisation for ourselves and it just didn’t work out for us and there are days like that when things just don’t work out and we had it the last day but got the win. Today we had the same kind of issues but we didn’t get the win and it scraped by”.
“It was a tough one to take overall as we were outstanding in the first half and we started the second period well too with an early score to keep the scoreboard ticking over but then all of a sudden the pressure came on us and indiscipline and a few other factors cost us dearly”.
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