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Committee set to examine referee's derby clash report

By Declan Bogue

The Competitions Control Committee of the Ulster Council are set to meet tonight to discuss the contents of the referee's report arising out of Sunday's heated McKenna Cup derby clash between Cavan and Monaghan.

A flare-up occurred after Monaghan defender Drew Wylie committed a challenge on Cavan's Martin Reilly, earning the Ballybay man a black card on top of his earlier yellow, meaning a straight red card with no replacement.

However, it is thought that a subsequent verbal altercation that led to two further red cards will come under the spotlight for the nature of the remarks passed between players.

Tyrone referee Sean Hurson sent a player off from either side and he may outline the reasons in his report, which goes before the sub-committee tonight and may cause further controversy.

Meanwhile, with 12 days to go before Antrim open their Division Four league campaign by hosting Carlow, their playmaker CJ McGourty is urging patience in their long-term future.

"We are starting off young and that's the way we have to go," the 26-year-old said.

"There's no point being 30 and trying a project for three or four years when boys are going to go out.

"We have to start young, we have to give them a real chance and they have to learn on their feet."

He added: "People say the McKenna Cup draw was difficult for us but we are actually delighted because we were able to play Armagh and Tyrone and that was a big step up for us."

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