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Limerick to appeal minor defeat

THE Hawk-Eye controversy took a dramatic twist last night when the Limerick county board confirmed that it will be appealing the outcome of Sunday's All-Ireland minor hurling semi-final against Galway.

The Treaty teens lost in extra-time but could have been celebrating qualification for an All-Ireland final if Barry Nash's 'point' was not incorrectly ruled a miss by the Hawk-Eye score detection system in Croke Park.

Limerick GAA chiefs last night confirmed that they will be lodging an appeal with the CCCC "based on the failure of the Hawk-Eye score detection system", adding: "In the interests of fairness to all involved we will not be making any further comment until the full process has been determined."

Hawk-Eye explained that conflicting readings were displayed "due to an error in match-day set-up on the part of the Hawk-Eye team" and went on to "apologise to the GAA and its supporters and to reassure them that the system will be fully reliable for all future games."

The statement added: "The settings were adjusted to cater for hurling, bar one value for the Hill 16 end posts, which was set for football.

"Steve Carter, managing director of Hawk-Eye Innovations, met with representatives of the GAA to explain the malfunction and steps being taken to ensure there will be no repetition."