'I thought the two of them were at it'

February 11, 2024

Keith Rossiter during Wexford's 2023 Leinster U20HC final clash against Offaly ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Keith Rossiter says he’s open to the idea of a TMO in the GAA after a controversial incident in last evening’s drawn Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash between Wexford and Offaly.

The hosts finished with 13 players after substitute Jack O’Connor and Charlie McGuckin – son of 1994 Offaly All-Ireland SHC winner Shane – were both issued with red cards in a bruising second half. But while Rossiter had no issue with O’Connor receiving his marching orders for interfering with opponent David King’s faceguard, he believes the Offaly man should also have been sent off for committing a similar offence.

“Very disappointed,” the Wexford manager told TG4.

“I thought the two of them were at it. I wouldn’t blame [referee] Sean Stack for sending Jack off, he grabbed the faceguard, but I don’t know how it could only be the Wexford man.

“We got another man sent off with five minutes to go, but that would have been 14 apiece if Jack had gone with his own man and it would have been a different game.”

Rossiter added: “We had the opportunity to go and win it, but we didn’t hurl for the first half. Offaly could have put us to the sword in the first half so I’ll take the point.”

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