“Sparrow” hits out at referee

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Updated: June 20, 2011

Clare hurling boss Ger O’Loughlin has said that referee John Owens did little to help his men in yesterday’s gallant defeat to All Ireland champions Tipperary.

Although O’Loughlin was delighted with his side’s performance and spirit he told a press conference after the match that he was “disappointed” with Owens:

“Most of you guys wouldn’t have given us that chance – that we’d be up by six points after 10 minutes or 15 minutes. Again, most times in hurling matches goals win matches and we paid the price for giving away two soft goals to bring them back into it, but that’s something we have to learn quickly, that you can’t concede after a great start.

“We had a tremendous start, our hurling was very crisp, our tackling was ferocious, we looked a team. In saying that we left them back into it and against All-Ireland champions Tipp there’s never a panic button pressed. They’ll turn the screw on you if they get a chance and they got a couple against us. Hopefully we’ll learn from that.

Regarding the official: “Now, where do I start? I must say I was disappointed, I have to say that.

“I was very disappointed. I might be wrong but I think for 23 or 24 minutes we were entitled to three frees and we got none. We were well on top and I just felt we didn’t get the rub of the green from the ref. I got very frustrated with him. I thought a team like Clare needs a few breaks like that.

“I was only looking for what we thought on the sideline were frees to Clare.”

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