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Maghery boss calls for end to black card after rivals' harsh treatment

By John Campbell

Maghery manager Shane McConville has added his voice to the ever-growing list of black card dissenters - and not because his club has fallen victim to this contentious sanction.

"I am not happy with the black card and the way in which it is operated within games," states McConville.

"In our match against Ramor United on Sunday, their full-forward Adrian Cole was shown a black card after just six minutes. I thought he was very unfortunate and to tell you the truth we had planned our strategy on curbing him because we knew he is a key go-to man."

Cole's innocuous trip on a Maghery player was thought to merit nothing more than a 'tick', or at worst a yellow card, from Fermanagh referee Niall Cullen, but when he flashed the black card a feeling of incredulity engulfed the Athletic Grounds.

"I know that referees have a hard job to do but on this occasion, even though it involved the opposition, I thought that the decision was extremely harsh," maintains McConville.

But while relieved that his side managed to chisel out a 1-13 to 1-10 win over the gritty Cavan champions, McConville is acutely aware that they face a much more demanding test against Kilcoo.

Kilcoo clearly have the scent of the Ulster club title very much in their nostrils now that they have complemented their fifth successive Down Championship title with provincial wins over Monaghan champions Scotstown and Donegal standard-bearers Glenswilly.

"Our midfield has been good all season but our score-taking is still not what it should be," insists McConville.

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