Glenn Ryan points to the free decision

Longford manager Glenn Ryan pictured during the closing stages in the Wexford game in the second round of the All Ireland Football Qualifiers on Saturday last at Pearse Park. PIC: RAY DONLON
After falling to a five point defeat to Wexford, after extra-time, in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers, Longford manager Glenn Ryan believes the scoreline didn’t give a true reflection of the game.

After falling to a five point defeat to Wexford, after extra-time, in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers, Longford manager Glenn Ryan believes the scoreline didn’t give a true reflection of the game.

“A five point defeat was probably not a fair reflection I suppose. We had our chances in normal time but unfortunately we didn’t get over the line. They went down fighting,” he told the Leader.

With the sides level right at the end of normal time Paul Barden was fouled but referee Padraig O’Sullivan didn’t award a free. Glenn Ryan was puzzled by the decision: “I suppose the referee had a better view than what I had. Paul Barden doesn’t go to the ground easily. Paul will play the game like he has for many years. But when he is fouled, he is fouled. It wasn’t given and that’s the decision of the referee.

Glenn went on to say: “Paul Barden is the most honest player that you would want to meet. In the second minute of stoppage time surely a free is a more advantageous thing to give than let play continue. It didn’t come about and when it went to extra-time Wexford were deserving winners.”

The Longford players were disappointed with the defeat but Ryan is proud of their performances and what they have achieved during his reign. “They are gutted and very disappointed. That’s part and parcel of the game and they can feel proud of themselves. Results don’t reflect probably where these fellas have put this Longford team in recent years and they should be proud of that.”

When asked about his position as manager Ryan admitted he had more pressing things on his mind and was in no mood to make any decision. “I haven’t thought about it. I’ve a bit of turf at home that I have to get in, that’s the only thing I can think about at the moment. Leave it for another while.”