Kenny fumes at penalty decisions as Bray beat Dundalk
Referee Jim McKell took centre stage as Dundalk fell to a 3-1 defeat at home to Bray Wanderers at Oriel Park last night.
The match official awarded Harry Kenny’s side two controversial second half penalties, both converted by Gary McCabe, as Dundalk slipped to a defeat which seen them fall nine points off league leaders Cork City.
The first penalty arrived in the 54th minute when Stephen O’Donnell was adjudged to have fouled Aaron Greene in the box.
McCabe converted to give the visitors the lead but their advantage was to last just three minutes as O’Donnell equalised following a neat one-two with David McMillan.
Bray were to restore their advantage with a second penalty from McCabe on 64 minutes after Ryan Brennan went down in the box and Brennan secured the win with a third goal soon after.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the game, Dundalk manager Kenny fumed at the two penalty decisions.
“I felt neither of them were penalties,” he said.
“I think the second one especially is bizarre really. Number one it wasn’t a free-kick, Chris Shields won the ball brilliantly, but the free-kick was given.
“Secondly, Dane Massey’s been fouled from a free-kick that Gary Rogers took comfortably and a penalty is given. I just can’t understand for the life of me how that is given.
“I think they are some exceptionally poor decisions…bizarre really. I’m very, very disappointed.
“It’s hard to take really, very, very difficult to accept.”
Kenny said that McKell wouldn’t speak to him after the game when questioned about the penalty decisions.
“You can deduct from that what you want,” he said.
“You would like to think at the start of every game that a referee would have no preconceived notion or wouldn’t be agenda driven…that’s what you would hope.
“I don’t ever remember in 15 years such dramatic incidents in relation to penalties being given.”
Picture credit: Ben McShane