Dublin manager left frustrated by failure to use hawk-eye

Carla Rowe had a point controversially waved wide in today's All-Ireland SFC final

BY Chris Jordan 19:00 Sunday 25 September 2016, 19:00 25 Sep 2016

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Dublin ladies football manager Greg McGonigle has voiced his frustrations with the ladies association's failure to use hawk-eye for today's All-Ireland SFC final.

Cork outscored the Dubs by a single point on a scoreline of 1-07 to 1-06 but controversy has surrounded the result after a valid point by Carla Rowe was waved wide by an umpire in the first half. 

It proved a pivotal moment in the game, and decisive given the final score, as McGonigle made his feelings known to Newstalk reporter Oisin Langan after the game.

"The bug-bear for me is the people at the top of the ladies association talk about being serious about supporting serious football, but they're not serious about our athletes if we don't give (them the chance to use hawk-eye)

"If that was to happen next Saturday evening and Bernard Brogan kicks a ball like that, then they will go to the guy upstairs. If the system is there then why not use it?

"If it comes down to finance, then I would say use the money Lidl have pumped in, put it into putting on hawk-eye for All-Ireland final day. 

Dublin's Sinead Goldrick dejected after the game
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When asked if he would lodge an appeal in the hopes of earning a replay, McGonigle failed to rule out the move, but admitted that it wasn't entirely up to him. 

"That's not my stance, I manage the team so I'll leave that up to Dublin county board. We believe there has been a refereeing error and a big one, but that's not to take away from Cork. Obviously we'll see what the future holds over the next couple of days, and if there is a possibility of a replay."

It is the sixth consecutive All-Ireland title for the Rebels, while it is the third time in a row that Dublin have finished in the runners-up position, which left a despairing mood in the Dublin dressing room following the game. 

"Its obviously devastation, its something akin to losing a family member," McGonigle said.  "They're a tight group of girls and they'll stay in that bubble tonight and tomorrow and hopefully they'll recover as a group."

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