Robbie Kiely departs from action with a Black Card. Photograph: Bridget Delaney

Kiely hoping for redemption against Mayo

Robbie Kiely admitted he had a wry smile when he heard Mayo being called out as Tipperary’s opponent for this Saturday’s All Ireland senior championship round 2 qualifier.

It wasn’t the fact he would get to pit his wits against the second best team in the country over the last three years, it was also a chance for a little bit of redemption following his early exit from the 2016 All Ireland semi-final between the sides.

“I was gutted when it happened,” he said referring to the black card which ended what was his biggest sporting day so prematurely.

He added: “It was one of these things where I am after lining up ten minutes previous for the national anthem in Croke Park with 50,000 plus people there, parents, girlfriend, family all in the crowd watching then all of a sudden after eight minutes you get a black card.

“It was tough to believe that it was happening after such an early stage, that a dream of mine was dashed so quickly.”


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