Friday 22 September 2017

Premier pay heavy price for absence of Hawk-eye

Tipperary manager Eamonn O'Shea
Tipperary manager Eamonn O'Shea
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Tipperary could well be celebrating their first Allianz League title since 2008 if Hawk-Eye had been in use in Semple Stadium yesterday.

Two controversial umpiring calls went against Tipperary, costing them a point while also awarding a disputed point to Kilkenny.

TV pictures suggested that Kilkenny's fifth point – scored by Colin Fennelly in the 11th minute – was, in fact, wide, while a Noel McGrath effort for a Tipperary point in the first period of extra-time was waved wide despite looking good.

" I think we need Hawk-Eye," said Tipperary manager Eamon O'Shea afterwards.

Hawk-Eye is in its second experimental season in Croke Park this year, after which a decision will be made whether to retain it.

If, as seems almost certain, the GAA opt to retain it on a permanent basis, it will be rolled out at other grounds, with Semple Stadium likely to top the list of provincial venues for the installation of the sophisticated score-detection system.

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