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Brian Hurley hits out at ‘soft’ Ian Maguire red card

Ian Maguire was controversially dismissed in Cork’s meeting with Dublin, and Brian Hurley criticised the decision after the match

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Ian Maguire felt justifiably aggrieved!

Cork fell agonisingly short against Dublin on Sunday afternoon, as Dessie Farrell’s side survived a scare at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, eventually prevailing 0-18 to 2-10.

The Rebels’ direct style troubled the visitors throughout, with man of the match Brian Hurley posing problems as a target man throughout and he finished with eight points, three of which came from frees.

However, John Cleary’s side were left aggrieved following the dismissal of Ian Maguire early in the second-half.

The St Finbarr’s man was shown two yellow cards, with the second coming for a brief tug on Dean Rock’s jersey.

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The first caution was also questioned.

In his post-match interview with TG4, Hurley was asked about the decision to dismiss Maguire.

“I just thought it was soft, to be honest. I think Maguire had three tackles in the whole game, and two cards for him,” opined the Castlehaven man.

“I thought the last one was harsh for a yellow, especially when we’re trying to leave the game flow.”

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The Dubs were reduced to 14 men themselves, after Lee Gannon was shown a second yellow card. They survived a fightback from their hosts to get over the line, and keep their 100% record intact.

Dublin have now picked up three wins from three in the second tier, and look on course to secure a swift return to Division 1.

Cork meanwhile suffered their second home defeat of the campaign, despite promising performances.

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