Thursday 8 December 2016

Meath agree to latest replay solution

Published 10/06/2016 | 02:30

Meath County Board called off this weekend's full round of club fixtures in anticipation of a replay of the final next week. Picture Credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Meath County Board called off this weekend's full round of club fixtures in anticipation of a replay of the final next week. Picture Credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Meath's hurling squad and management have agreed to replay the controversial Christy Ring Cup final on Saturday, June 25.

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At a meeting last night to consider the latest proposal the players gave backing despite reservations about the date.

There was understood to be a number of concerns among them Antrim having another competitive game under their belt, against Derry in the Ulster semi-final, by the time they meet again.

The players and management had originally met on Tuesday night to consider the replay date, Saturday night next in Newry at 7.0.

But this was knocked back, with a preference for the following Saturday night in Croke Park expressed and subsequently backed by the county board.

But it has emerged that Antrim could not accommodate that date because of the Derry game.

The GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee convened again yesterday morning and agreed to the postponement of Saturday night's replay because of the exceptional nature of the circumstances, fixing it instead for Saturday, June 25 at 5.0.

It is likely to be a stand-alone fixture unless one of the All-Ireland 1B qualifier games will be played either before or after. Meath County Board called off this weekend's full round of club fixtures in anticipation of a replay next week.

Meath could be without up to eight players for that June 25 date, including Sean Quigley, who scored 1-1 off the bench at the weekend. He has already gone to America, according to manager Martin Ennis.

The controversy arose after referee John O'Brien acknowledged that he had collated the scores incorrectly and the result should, in fact, have been a draw, not a 2-18 to 1-20 win for Meath.

Meath have issues over a 41st-minute 'point' they believe Sean Heavey scored but wasn't referred to Hawk-Eye.

Irish Independent

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