Westmeath’s Kevin Maguire says a commencement clock ‘would make things more pleasant’

Westmeath’s Kevin Maguire says a commencement clock ‘would make things more pleasant’

Westmeath’s Kevin Maguire says a commencement clock ‘would make things more pleasant’

Westmeath administrator Jack Cooney was discontent with the timekeeping in his side’s loss to Kildare in the Leinster semi-last.

The Lake County came raging back late in the challenge against Kildare, at last falling by three to Glenn Ryan’s charges.

Four minutes of extra time were reported, and ref Sean Hurson blew the full-time whistle with the clock at 74:04.

Nonetheless, during the additional time, Hurson two times held up play to shake yellow cards to Kildare players – first keeping Westmeath from taking a fast free so he could book Tony Archibold, and afterward deferring a Lilywhites kickout to show a card to Alex Beirne.

“I’m watching football quite a while and there’s four and five minutes set forth in injury-effort, and there’s dependably 45/50 seconds extra played, and we got an additional a seven seconds there today. What’s more, that incorporated a booking,” Cooney said at full-time.


“All we really wanted was a single opportunity, and not five or six seconds added on to the injury-time.”

The players on the field were too up to speed in the actual match to consider timing at that point. However, Westmeath star Kevin Maguire values his chief’s disappointment at an absence of consistency.

“We were moving great. I think we’d kicked four focuses in succession. Frankly with you I was so up to speed in that most recent 10 minutes of the game that I didn’t actually see, I hadn’t taken a gander at a scoreboard,” Maguire said.

“I felt we had a smidgen of energy at that point. Kildare were attempting to, perhaps towards the end, they were attempting to clutch the ball, a smidgen of keeping us off it. So I can figure out Jack’s dissatisfaction.

“That is something that actually should be checked out. It frequently occurs in added time when groups attempt to dial back the game, there’s a couple of fouls and it’s sort of passed on to the ref’s tact to add on an additional a 30 seconds or anything that to the additional time.

“It happens some of the time and doesn’t occur different times which, I assume, isn’t exceptionally reliable. No doubt could be something that would merit checking out. I can figure out his dissatisfaction.”


One of the significant contrasts between the men’s and the ladies’ down is that the LGFA utilizes a commencement ‘stop clock’ in matches.

Furthermore, the GAA presenting that would be a possible answer for such occasions.

“I feel like the main explanation there isn’t a stop clock in men’s football is for the show of the completion, that the ref is passed on to the prudence of, ‘Right, let this ball work out and find out how things turn out’,” Maguire said.

“With the stop clock the game simply closures and it’s sort of somewhat of a let-down.

It’s difficult to weigh it up. However, I truly do feel that groups in all actuality do finish hard by now and again.

Refs have to the point of being pondering in Gaelic football, there’s a great deal of stuff happening on the pitch and presently with imprints and the entirety of the various things.


“It would simply make things a little piece more pleasant. Could it detract from the show or the peak of a game? That is presumably the very thing that they’re attempting to weigh up.”

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