Friday 23 February 2018

Longford denied replay

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Longford have failed in their initial bid to be granted a replay of last Saturday's Allianz NFL Division 4 defeat to Limerick.

The Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) met yesterday and reviewed referee Sean Carroll's report, in which it is understood the Westmeath official admitted he made a mistake in calling full-time when the ball was still in play. However, they deemed the result should stand.

Longford's Seamus Hannon scored a goal within a couple of seconds of Carroll's final whistle, prompting dismay among the home side, who felt they had won.

Longford can still seek a hearing from the CHC in their effort to have the Limerick match replayed and intend to start that process today.

Under the new experimental rules a referee must wait until the ball is out of play before a half can end. Longford chairman Pat Cahill admitted disappointment that no corrective action was taken at this first stage by the CCCC.

"We sent up a video of the incident, I know the referee has admitted a mistake," Cahill said. "Perhaps the CCCC can't do anything about it and must adopt the report, but we'll be seeking a hearing. As far as we are concerned the game was blown up early and as we know from the past that must mean a replay."

Elsewhere, Louth are to appeal against the result of their O'Byrne Cup defeat to DCU on much the same basis. Referee Joe Curley called time as a Louth kick-out was airborne after DCU had scored a winning point in injury-time.

Irish Independent

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