It’s been announced that Joe McQuillan will ref Sunday week’s Connacht SFC semi-final between ourselves and Galway. We’ve obviously had plenty of experience – good as well as bad, it must be said – of the Cavan official down the years.
The most recent match we’ve played that he’s reffed was our League match against Roscommon under the lights at MacHale Park back in February this year. The last time we came across him in the championship was last July’s Round 2B qualifier tie against Fermanagh. He awarded us penalties in both of those matches, by the way, with Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath still bitching close to Christmas last year about the one (correctly) given against them in that backdoor fixture.
Those of you of a more skittish mien won’t thank me for reminding you that Joe (no ‘Dublin Joe’ cracks by the way – it’s not them we’re playing on Sunday week) also took charge of that bad-tempered preliminary round Connacht championship clash between ourselves and Galway at Salthill back in 2007.
He didn’t get a very charitable assessment from me in my match report following that encounter. The Breffni official has got plenty of whistling done since then, though, and our lads have more than enough experience by now of playing in matches he’s taken charge of to know what kind of reffing style he’s likely to adopt in this one.