Ulster council deny 'football bias' after Slaughtneil extra-time row
The Ulster Council has dismissed suggestions it treated hurling as a 'second fiddle' by playing extra-time in Sunday's AIB Ulster club hurling final.
Defeated Slaughtneil manager Michael McShane felt the game should have been replayed when it finished level at 1-18 to 3-12 after one hour.
Instead Cushendall triumphed by 1-24 to 3-17 after an extra 20 minutes was played in the Athletic Grounds.
"Had it been a football final, would it have gone to extra time? I don't think so," said McShane (above). "Hurling always plays second fiddle and today it was disrespected.
"It's an Ulster final, it's a prestigious game and we were shoved into a period of extra-time. We hadn't been told that's the way it was going to be."
The prospect of extra-time was flagged up in the Ulster Council fixtures list released last Monday, and provincial spokesman John Connolly insisted yesterday that both clubs had been notified that in the event of a draw, extra-time would be played.
"It was in the fixtures and both clubs were notified about it and that's the rule," he claimed.
"It's there in black and white, Rule 3.5 in Part II of the Official Guide and we went by the Official Guide.
"That's the way it is now in all provincial club games if necessary.
"Whether it's football or hurling makes no difference, that's the way we do things. We don't make a distinction between the two."
The last time an Ulster club final finished in a draw was the 2008 football decider between Crossmaglen and Ballinderry.
No extra-time was played after the sides finished at 1-10 apiece, and Crossmaglen won after a replay.
Provision for extra-time at all inter-club games was subsequently passed at a Special Congress
A motion from Tipperary to this year's Annual Congress to make extra-time obligatory in all inter-club and inter-county games up to and including All-Ireland finals was heavily defeated.
Reigning Ulster club football champions Slaughtneil have 13 dual players who must now prepare for a 14th championship game in 12 weeks this Sunday, when they take on Monaghan champions Scotstown in a provincial quarter-final.