Emyvale got through their championship game on Friday night in Rooskey against a
strong Blackhill side. However they made hard work of it and lost their keeper to
a red card in the process. There were examples of players unable to accept referees
decisions leading to a loss of concentration on the game. It is also a fact that
poor refereeing can incite players to heated exchanges and allow play to deteriorate
ending with yellow and red cards, but the outcome will always be the same - the referee
will always win.
As for the game in general - Emyvale had a few players who seemed to have insufficient
commitment. Emmet Colleran was very strong at the back and read the game well to
be in position. Darren McKernan put in the effort but his opponent was allowed too
much space. Gregory Devlin made an impact when he was taken on as the middle of the
field was losing out to the opponents. Brendan O’Brien also had a good game using
his height and speed advantage. Up front Daniel McMahon scored some lovely points
and was in the making of others while Marty McAree tried hard but his marker closed
him down on a few occasions. Other players tried but with, what appeared, a lack
of enthusiasm and taking the wrong option too often. Overall it was a scrappy game,
which was more a slogging match at times, with too much pulling and charging.
Was the No 12 appointed as an ‘Assistant referee’?