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26th Jan 2019

Donie Smith potentially facing ban as TV cameras catch nasty first half incident

Fans aren't happy with how Smith hit the deck either

Darragh Murphy

Mayo were forced to dig deep to secure a winning start to their Allianz National League campaign.

A gale force wind and torrential rain at MacHale Park on Saturday night left Mayo trailing Roscommon at the break but an impressive comeback in the second half, culminating in a late Brian Reape goal, earned the hosts a hard-fought 1-8 to 1-7 victory.

The weather wasn’t the only factor that James Horan’s men had to contend with as they had to battle through some questionable behaviour from the visitors.

Roscommon’s Donie Smith can perhaps consider himself lucky for managing to stay on the pitch despite seemingly making contact with the eyes of Keith Higgins after 26 minutes.

Viewers were in little doubt about the contact although Smith will likely dispute any intention if and when the incident is looked into.

Supporters were also none too pleased with the fact that Smith threw himself to the ground holding his face after Higgins appeared to make minimal contact with his forehead by way of reaction.

We’ve seen several accusations of eye gouging in the GAA in recent years; with Philly McMahon, James McCarthy and Eoghan O’Gara all having to respond to allegations of that offence.

It remains to be seen whether Smith will face any retrospective action but supporters feel that the clash should warrant a lengthy suspension.

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