Tyrone wait on ref’s report over Cavanagh appeal
Tyrone will await confirmation of what is contained in the match report of referee Joe McQuillan before deciding on an appeal against the red card shown to Colm Cavanagh in Sunday’s Dr McKenna Cup win over Donegal.
Cavanagh was dismissed by Cavan whistler McQuillan after becoming involved in a touchline altercation and as things stand will miss tomorrow night’s game against Fermanagh and Saturday’s tie against UUJ as well as the start of the National League.
Tyrone officials are worried that McQuillan might report Cavanagh for an offence that might carry more than the mandatory one-month penalty.
“We must await confirmation of the referee’s report and then we will be in a better position to know what to do,” said assistant manager Tony Donnelly.
Cavanagh, younger brother of triple All-Ireland medal winner Sean, made a huge impact in last year’s National League when he scored goals against Kerry and Cork that helped take Tyrone to victory over the Munster ‘big two.’
And he had already inflicted a helping of embarrassment on Kerry when he was introduced as a substitute in the 2008 All-Ireland final and scored the last point of the match to copper-fasten Tyrone’s third Sam Maguire triumph.
“We certainly would like to have Colm on-board for the National League, but for the moment it’s a question of waiting and seeing. It’s unfortunate, but these things happen,” added Donnelly.
Donegal look certain to appeal against the red card served on full-back Neil McGee. It was a particularly harsh punishment given that the player only appeared to shoulder-charge an opponent.