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Whistle-man Kinsella is no stranger to controversy

By John Campbell

While the spotlight will be very much on the players at Kingspan Breffni Park tomorrow, it will almost certainly hover on referee Eddie Kinsella as well.

The Laois official is no stranger to controversy.

Already this year he has incurred the wrath of Crossmaglen Rangers following what the team's management considered to be a less than impressive performance in their All-Ireland club semi-final against Castlebar Mitchels.

Then in the Kerry v Donegal league match in early March he took the unusual step of summoning Donegal manager Rory Gallagher and his Kerry counterpart Eamon Fitzmaurice to his dressing room at half-time following a particularly turbulent first-half at Tralee.

Kinsella issued two black cards and two red cards in the first period and while his 'cool it' plea to some extent achieved the desired result, it was the manner in which he dealt with on-field matters that irked both teams.

In the Ulster championship two years ago, Kinsella was confronted at the end by a furious Mickey Harte who felt that he had not played the allocated additional time in the game between Tyrone and Monaghan which Monaghan won.

Kinsella will certainly be under pressure to step up to the mark tomorrow given the recent history of Cavan v Armagh clashes in both league and championship.

Meanwhile, The Ulster Ladies Football championship opens this evening with the meeting of Fermanagh and Tyrone in the semi finals of the Intermediate competition.

The Seniors don't get under way until next month and the Red Hands will be hoping to bounce back after a poor league campaign that led to their demotion.

Both teams have lost numerous players from their squads.

However, with that said, one of them is going to reach the Ulster final on Saturday evening. Throw-in for the game in Emyvale is 7pm.

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