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Ballintubber set to appeal red card


Michael Gallagher

BALLINTUBBER look set to appeal the red card shown to team captain Jason Gibbons during Sunday’s Mayo SFC quarter-final win over Breaffy at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park.
The midfielder was dismissed by referee Liam Devenney for a high tackle on Breaffy’s Tommy O’Reilly early in the second half — an action which should have resulted in just a booking, according to his team manager Enda Gilvarry.
“I thought it looked worse than it was,” the Ballintubber boss told The Mayo News.
“He reached for the ball and certainly made contact high but nobody expected a straight red. He’s not a player who goes out to hurt anyone else. It was a mistimed tackle and I definitely didn’t think it was a sending off. To lose such an influential leader as Jason and still come through said a lot about the attitude in the squad. We’ll have to look at it and assess it and see what we’ll do,” said Gilvarry.
Ballintubber’s victory was built on the back of an impressive team performance, but the late inclusion of Mayo star Cillian O’Connor was pivotal.
He had been expected to miss the game due to a knee injury but was a late addition to the starting XV and produced a man of the match performance, scoring 1-4.
“He worked very hard to get back from injury and it was great to have him with us,” admitted Gilvarry. “Obviously, he was hugely influential. Michael Plunkett was also togged today and took part in the warm-up but he’s a little bit away at the moment.”
Ballintubber went into last Sunday’s match wearing the underdogs tag but were deserving winners, thanks to their developing squad depth, according to their experienced manager.
“We’re building a bit of a squad to be able to have cover in all areas and that was evident today. We’re looking to improve all the time with new young guys who are chomping at the bit. It’s great to see the competition for the jersey there is in the squad at the moment.
“We’re really looking forward to the next day already. We feel there’s more in us and we’ll embrace the challenge of a semi-final.”
Ballintubber will play Westport on Sunday week next in the last four.


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