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Women's clubs had agreed to allow Cork City and Dundalk warm-up during penalty shootout

Published 09/11/2015 | 13:36

8 November 2015; Wexford Youths WAFC players celebrate after victory in the penalty shoot out. Continental Tyres FAI Women's Senior Cup Final, Wexford Youths WAFC v Shelbourne Ladies FC. Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2015; Wexford Youths WAFC players celebrate after victory in the penalty shoot out. Continental Tyres FAI Women's Senior Cup Final, Wexford Youths WAFC v Shelbourne Ladies FC. Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

All four clubs involved in the FAI Cup finals yesterday in the Aviva Stadium had agreed to allowing the men's teams warm-up during the women's penalty shootout, Independent.ie has learned.

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A furore was caused on social media when players from Cork City came onto the pitch during the penalty shootout in the women's encounter between Wexford Youths and Shelbourne, which the Wexford side eventually won, and began using the opposite side of the pitch to warm-up.

Many people on social media and RTE commentator Ger Canning claimed that the Rebels had shown disrespect to their female counterparts but it turns out that they were following the terms of an arrangement that had been agreed by all four clubs involved on the day.

With a number of variables to consider, the TV schedule, keeping both games as close as possible, operating costs, it was agreed that in order to ensure that the second game kicked off on time that Dundalk and Cork could limber up as the penalty shootout went on.

In order to avoid a similar clash in the future, the kick-off time for the women's final would have to be moved back which could compromise the broadcasting of the first game of the double-bill on live television.

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