Friday 30 September 2016

Laois may face replay with Armagh following seven-sub blunder

Published 20/06/2016 | 23:10

Aidan Forker of Armagh in action against Gearoid Hanrahan of Laois. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Aidan Forker of Armagh in action against Gearoid Hanrahan of Laois. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Laois may have to replay their first-round Qualifier win over Armagh after it emerged that they used seven substitutes on Saturday.

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The introduction of Shane Murphy for the black-carded Brendan Quigley, with less than a minute of injury-time remaining, was the seventh substitute introduced, and the GAA’s Central Competition Controls Committee (CCCC) were tonight investigating.

The potential anomaly, on top of the Cavan/Tyrone Ulster semi-final replay, has delayed the release of  the Round 2A Qualifier fixtures.

Laois scored a point from Ross Munnelly while Murphy was on the field to win by three points, 1-10 to 0-10. At the time of Murphy’s introduction, Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney could be seen protesting to officials.

The GAA’s rule 6.44 b (ii) states that a team which exceeds the number of substitutes allowed can forfeit a game, be forced to play a replay or be fined, depending on the circumstances. In this case a replay is thought most likely.

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