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Gallagher won't stop fighting for McGee reprieve

By Declan Bogue

Published 27/06/2016

Appeal: Rory Gallagher is eager to have his strongest side available
Appeal: Rory Gallagher is eager to have his strongest side available

Donegal manager Rory Gallagher has stated that he will again attempt to have Neil McGee's two-game suspension rescinded.

McGee was handed a straight red card against Fermanagh in the Ulster quarter-final and, having been sent off already this year against Kerry, was hit with a two-game ban.

Donegal, however, are keen to contest the decision after the Hearing's Committee threw out the case last week. After their hearing, they now have the option to appeal.

"We'll be taking it further," Gallagher confirmed after the semi-final draw with Monaghan.

"There hasn't been an (appeal) hearing yet. When you have a man sent off you have to plan without him but the plus point in the overall scheme of the Championship is he's one game down and we're no worse off."

In an often tempestuous contest yesterday, Donegal had an extra man on the pitch when Christy Toye came on with two minutes of normal time remaining, only for Rory Kavanagh not to depart - leaving the Monaghan sideline fuming.

Gallagher commented: "I didn't notice. I got told afterwards. There's a lot going on, it's helter-skelter, it's not easy."

Opposite number Malachy O'Rourke said: "I did think it was strange. I was caught up in the game but I'm sure there were enough people there, enough officials and TV cameras, who will be able to see it for themselves."

He went on to confirm that Monaghan will not be making 'an issue' of it. There will be enough to do that for them.

What O'Rourke was keen to emphasise, though, was the sheer courage of free-taker and captain Conor McManus in sourcing the final, rescuing scores. He added: "Apart from the one he skied, his kicking was great. He kicked tremendous frees and it showed his mentality."

As for Gallagher, the final minutes left him feeling "totally helpless". He said: "We're a bit disappointed that we didn't close it out but Monaghan are a great team. Fair play to them."

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