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Brian Kavanagh of St. Anne's puts pressure on Joe Coleman of St. Martin's.

Brian Kavanagh of St. Anne's puts pressure on Joe Coleman of St. Martin's.

Brian Kavanagh of St. Anne's puts pressure on Joe Coleman of St. Martin's.

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A CONTROVERSIAL goal that never was is the subject of much debate this week after St. Anne’s exited from the Pettitt’s Senior hurling championship following extra-time and a penalty shoot-out to neighbours St. Martin’s in the quarter-final in Chadwicks Wexford Park on Saturday.

While Aidan Rochford - the man who struck the sliothar - was the only one on the field who seemed to notice it at the time, footage has emerged that suggests a shot he took in the 39th minute crossed the line and should have been rewarded with a goal.

Many onlookers in the covered stand on a miserable evening formed the view that the ball hit the post, but it now appears it actually came back into play off a bag of hurls that were placed in the St. Martin’s goal, right beside one of the goalposts.

St. Anne’s were behind in the game at the time by 0-15 to 1-9, but they were on the comeback trail after scoring a goal early in the second-half.

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Today (Tuesday), it was understood club officials were awaiting receipt of a copy of the match report of referee James Owens before deciding if they should take any course of action that might be available to them.

St. Martin’s went on to win the contest 2-1 on penalties, after the teams finished level at the end of extra-time.

They are due to take on Naomh Éanna in the semi-final in Chadwicks Wexford Park on Sunday at 4 p.m., with that game followed at 6 p.m. by the other penultimate round clash featuring titleholders Rapparees and Ferns St. Aidan’s.

The county final is due to be played on Sunday, August 14.


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