Finn Harps boss was left fumed by disallowed goal against Cork City

Finn Harps boss was left fumed by disallowed goal against Cork City
Cork City's goalkeeper Liam Bossin is tended by medical staff at Turner's Cross. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

CORK CITY have confirmed that goalkeeper Liam Bossin has been discharged from hospital on Saturday following his injury in Friday night’s game.

City boss Neale Fenn was thrilled with that news.

“Liam got a bang to the head but I am pleased to say that he was discharged from hospital overnight.  I’ve had a chat with him this morning and he is in good form. 

"We will work with our medical team and assess him over the next few days, but he is doing well.” 

Cork City would like to thank the medical personnel who assisted Liam Bossin following his injury and also thank everyone who has been in contact to ask about Liam. 

As you would expect Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan was left baffled by the officials' decision to deny his side a crucial opening goal in their eventual 1-0 loss to Cork City at Turner’s Cross on Friday night.

The Donegal side thought they had taken the lead when debutant Alex Kogler tapped home from a couple of yards in stoppage time at the end of the first half.

But Kogler had clashed with City goalkeeper Liam Bossin, who was stretchered off with a suspected concussion, seconds before he finished and after initially signalling for a goal, the referee then disallowed it following a consultation with his linesman.

“We scored a perfectly good goal,” insisted Horgan. “We wish the goalkeeper well, don’t get me wrong, but he went for it, Alex went for it and Alex knocked it past him.

“Could you explain what happened? The goal was given, we all went to tip off and three minutes later it’s changed.

“Do they have VAR here? I don’t think they do. 

Finn Harps' manager Ollie Horgan and assistant Paul Hegarty have words the the fourth official after the disallowed goal. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Finn Harps' manager Ollie Horgan and assistant Paul Hegarty have words the the fourth official after the disallowed goal. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

"The linesman said he saw something according to the referee but he didn’t flag, he walked back to the halfway line for the tip off.

“In the whole melee of looking after the keeper they said to me there had to be a foul if he got hurt. 

"That’s not necessarily the case.

“That’s not sour grapes in any manner, we are very disappointed with that linesman but well done to Cork they deserved the victory in the second half.

“I think the time has come that you have got to take a bit of criticism if you are getting paid to be a linesman out there because there is a little touch of more than just getting a decision wrong.

“I don’t know why he didn’t flag, can you explain it from where you were? 

"We looked at it again in the video at half time and to be fair, it wasn’t a foul.

“We wish the keeper very well, he went at it head first, our lad went in with his foot and nicked it past him and we’re 1-0 up.

“But it’s the fact that the goal was given, we went back to centre and then because of the injury to Liam they decided to change their mind.” 

Horgan was keen to acknowledge that City were deserved victors and that the focus should be on Alec Byrne for scoring the winner but he couldn’t hide his frustration at officials as he believed they may have been influenced by the hosts.

“I felt the referee should have been stronger, he had the better view of it but the linesman was convinced obviously, the supporters on their bench did their job,” he added.

“Credit to Cork, Joe and Neale did their job, we would have done the same to try and get a goal disallowed and that’s exactly what they did.

“The second half Cork deserved to win it and well done to them, I’m not blaming the officials if we get relegated.

“But we have lost 1-0 to Cork, it’s about Alec Byrne tonight it’s not about me and it’s not about the linesman, or it shouldn’t have been but it was a huge turning point.

“Thank god that wasn’t the last game of the season, if we got relegated on that there would be windows broken.”

Meanwhile, the previously postponed Munster Senior Cup Quarter Final between Cork City and Mayfield United will take place this Tuesday, at Mayfield United’s pitch at Lotamore.

Kick off is set for 7.45pm.

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