Clare manager sent off for flinging Cork player to ground
Anthony Daly loved the passion but fellow RTE pundit Derek McGrath felt the Banner co-manager went too far.
Clare boss Gerry O'Connor could be set for a lengthy ban after he clashed with Cork forward Daniel Kearney.
O'Connor was sent off from the sidelines after he allowed himself to get involved in a tussle between Kearney and one of his players along the sideline.
Kearney was eager to get hold of the ball for a sideline cut but O'Connor stepped in and then pushed the Cork forward to the ground.
O'Connor, heedless of his own involvement, then began to manically gesture to the linesman that Kearney had struck his player.
Fans in Ennis let their voices be heard as a schemozzle ensued:
Players from both sides rushed to the scene and it took officials over a minute to get a handle on events. O'Connor was sent to the stands and Kearney received a yellow card.
Over on RTE, former Clare captain Anthony Daly declared, "It’s exactly what we needed."
Former Waterford boss Derek McGrath was not so sure and expressed his concern that O'Connor allowed himself to get involved in the incident.
The reaction to the flashpoint was mixed:
Just saw the Gerry O'Connor incident on the tele. It might be handbags stuff compared to what can happen at games, but the Munster Council have to come down heavy on him and the Clare County Board. Nobody want to see that sort of stuff in gaelic games.
— Thomas Keane (@ThomasKeane1973) June 16, 2019
This is more like it from Clare. Heart, passion, drive & pride that we all hold so dear. Gerry O’Connor sent to the stand for rightly fighting his corner. That’s the absolute passion we want to see!! COME ON THE BANNER!!!! 💛💙
— Derrick Lynch (@DLynchSport) June 16, 2019
Gerry O’Connor staking his claim for headlining Wrestlemania down in Ennis. Can’t put your hands on an player in that manner. Extended sideline ban coming! #ClareVSCork #MunsterGAAHurlingSeniorChampionship
— Alan O'Sullivan (@SullySeason) June 16, 2019
It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the coming days and weeks.