David Gough, who refereed the attracted says when officiating the biggest match of this year he felt no tension.
A lot of the attention from the build-up into the game was about the variety of Meath native Gough, with some pundits suggesting as he’s situated in Dublin, he shouldn’t have been named.
But when 3:30pm on September 1 arrived, he felt no stress.
“It is actually any other match,” Gough told The Six O’Clock Show.
“I had spent the week beforehand with a sports psychologist who’d prepared me for this instant. He made it like any other match.
“[The GAA] have contributed referees access to sports pros in the previous few years. It is big for us that we are able to go and visualise items in games to help us prepare for the match. We really do want this, and it’s a excellent tool.
“I just could not wait to get onto the pitch and toss up the ball. Everything else fades to the background. The sound in the arena, the capability, you don’t detect anything. You’ve 70 to 80 minutes of attention. You see numbers, colors, jerseys. You do not even recognise the players, so that I didn’t feel any anxiety going whatsoever.”
The consensus after the match had been that he made the perfect calls for the large decisions, however, Gough made it clear that he doesn’t listen to the opinions of anybody.
He noted:”I don’t listen to some of this analysis. I really don’t wait back the match with any analysts’ commentary. I see back the game myself, along with my microphone played. So I don’t get caught up in any of the commentary.
“It’s really nice for me personally to have the ability to sit down and watch a game and focus on everything I did and what I performed, how I spoke to the players and the way they spoke to me.”
Cork’s Conor Lane will take control of the replay on Saturday.
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