O'Neill frustrated by ref justice

February 12, 2018

Kildare manager Cian O'Neill talks to his team.
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Kildare manager Cian O'Neill was scathing in his assessment of referee Paddy Neilan's performance during yesterday's minimum margin defeat to Tyrone.

O'Neill claimed the Roscommon official didn't do his side any favours by failing to apply the advantage rule at times.

"I don't want this to become a discussion about the referee but they were critical parts of the game," the Lilywhites boss told RTE Sport.

"There's an advantage rule there for a reason. 

"As I said, if it happens once, that's just an error. When it happens repeatedly, when we're in scoring positions and the play is pulled back, it's just not on.

"These guys train way too hard and way too often for these things to happen. It's devastating really for the boys. They put in a big shift there. They were playing a very experienced and seasoned team there in Tyrone.

"It was always that type of match when it would be really fine margins that decided it and unfortunately we came out the wrong side of it."

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