Monday 21 August 2017

'Ghost point' sparks row

(after extra time)

WHILE nowhere on the same scale as the infamous 2010 Leinster final, there was another Louth/Meath scoring controversy in Drogheda yesterday.

Trailing by four points with just over 10 minutes left, Ballivor kicked the last four points of a riveting contest and force extra-time.

However, the Meath champions' second-last score sparked a heated debate which continued long after they had pushed on in extra-time to seal a seven-point victory.

Richard Sherrock's effort did appear to sail harmlessly wide but the umpires signalled a point and, three minutes later, Adam Gannon stroked over a free to force extra-time.

Ballivor will point to an equally questionable first-half call that saw Eoghan Duffy appear to over-carry en route to a brilliant individual goal.

The strike helped St Fechin's to a 1-4 to 0-5 interval lead, but Ballivor came back, and Mairtin Doran's superb goal two minutes into extra-time put his side on course for victory.

SCORERS -- Ballivor: F McMahon 0-5f, A Gannon 0-4f, R Sherrock 1-1, M Doran 0-2 (0-1 s-l), K Canavan, S Heavey, P Geoghegan 0-1 each. St Fechin's: R Holcroft 0-5 (4f), E Duffy 1-0, N Devlin 0-2, B Fanning 0-1.

BALLIVOR -- K McKeown; D Raleigh, T Fox, B McLoughlin; K Canavan, S Heavey, S Corrigan; N Kirby, B Perry; P Geoghegan, J McLaughlin, C Keegan; F McMahon, M Doran, A Gannon. Subs: R Sherrock for C Keegan (41), D Doran for J McLaughlin (41), K Keoghan for S Heavey (50), P Kelly for D Doran (78).

ST FECHIN'S -- M Savage; B Fanning, D Collier, P Dillon, F McNally, C Haughney, H McArdle; J McGlew, B Duffy; J King, C O'Neill, R Sheridan; B Devlin, N Devlin, R Holcroft. Subs: E Duffy for P Dillon (11), M Hynes for J King (26), J Devereux for R Sheridan (51), D Younger for M Hynes (70), V Corrigan for B Duffy (74), K McCabe for J King (75).

REF -- B O'Shea (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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