Monday 20 February 2017

Minor hurling semi-final deserved replay

Published 10/08/2011 | 05:00

THE regulation that All-Ireland minor championship semi-finals which finish level must go to extra-time is, indeed, clear but, like much of the small print in the GAA rulebook, it only becomes an issue at times of confusion.

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And since it wasn't announced on the fixture's list or in last Sunday's match programme that the Clare-Galway MHC semi-final would go to a replay in the event of finishing level after 60 minutes, it was hardly surprising there was a misunderstanding.

Still, that's a small glitch, unlike the basic principle of sending any semi-final to extra-time. Would it really undermine the whole fixtures' structure if Clare and Galway minors, who produced an outstanding contest, were allowed to call it quits after an hour and go to a replay? Don't think so.

Irish Independent

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