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Slaneysiders applaud the arrival of Hawk-Eye technology

WEXFORD have predictably led the chorus of approval for the introduction of Hawk-Eye on a two-year pilot basis for championship matches at Croke Park.

"I'm sure it will be such a success that it will be at all major GAA grounds in time," predicted Wexford chairman Ger Doyle, whose county footballers were left fuming by the controversial award of a disputed winning point in the dying seconds of their SFC qualifier against Limerick last month.

"It's a good initiative and long over-due," added Doyle. "It will help decision-making and, as an association, we have to look at umpiring and where we're going with it."

In the wake of Saturday's Central Council approval, and presuming it gets the green light at Congress next April, Hawk-Eye is set for a Croker debut during next year's Leinster SFC.

LIMERICK have launched a barrage of criticism against Central Council's decision to restructure next year's Allianz Hurling League. Instead of returning to an eight-team top-flight following promotion last spring, the Shannonsiders are now excluded from a new six-team Division 1A and will play in a six-team Division 1B instead.

"The Limerick seniors spent 12 months trying to get up to Division One hurling and there was a decision made in a boardroom on Saturday evening to put us back in Division 1B. Is that good enough?" complained Limerick U21 manager Leo O'Connor.

County board chairman Liam Lenihan also condemned it as a "bad decision", adding: "We won Division Two, earned promotion and now we're playing for the same cup. We earned the right to be in Division One and it's in Division One where we should be."

GALWAY made sure of a double All-Ireland final date with Dublin with a 0-22 to 2-14 victory over Limerick in the U21 semi-final on Saturday in Semple Stadium.

With the county's respective minors already qualified for the September 4 showpiece, Galway's two-point triumph set up a repeat of the 2007 All-Ireland U21 final in Thurles on Saturday, September 10 (7.0).

"We're up against a Dublin setup on the crest of a wave," commented Galway boss, Anthony Cunnigham.

"They will be two extremely hard matches."