Monday 21 August 2017

Sligo in the clear over use of seven subs against Antrim

Mark Breheny of Sligo. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Mark Breheny of Sligo. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Sligo will not face sanction over their use of seven substitutes in Saturday's 1A Qualifier win over Antrim.

Reports emerged that Sligo's use of a seventh substitute at the end of their 0-22 to 3-7 win could force forfeiture of the game or, in the case of last year's Laois v Armagh game, prompt a rematch.

However, Sligo have confirmed that the 44th minute replacement of Mark Breheny with Kyle Cawley was a blood substitution and has been recorded as such in the referee's report.

Sligo manager Niall Carew said yesterday he was aware that when Peter Laffey was being brought on in added time it was a seventh substitution, because Breheny had not returned to action and that he checked with the fourth official to see if that was his understanding. Breheny was replaced after a collision with Antrim's Jack Dowling, which resulted in a red card.

Even with the fourth official's blessing, the responsibility still lies with the team making the substitution, but in this case the paperwork is in order.

Last year Laois introduced what was a seventh substitute for a black carded player at the end of a qualifier against Armagh, which they weren't permitted to do and had to play Armagh again.

Sligo had Niall Murphy back on the field after a hamstring injury ruled him out of the New York and Mayo games, while David Kelly and Cian Breheny, who missed the Antrim game, could return for their Qualifier against Meath.

Meanwhile, Mayo will be monitoring the fitness of Lee Keegan and Ger Cafferkey ahead of their 2A qualifier against Derry in MacHale Park in Castlebar, after they withdrew from club championship games over the weekend because of injury.

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