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Rossies given safety net for New York clash

Holders Roscommon have been provided with a safety net should they be shocked by New York when the Connacht championship starts in just over three weeks.

Fergal O'Donnell's side will travel to the US for the May 1 clash in the knowledge that, should they become the first side to lose to New York in the championship, they will be allowed access to the qualifiers.

The anomaly came to light last year when Galway almost came a cropper against New York -- they only made the game safe in injury-time, when they scored 1-2 to win by 2-13 to 0-12 -- while Leitrim were forced to extra-time a few years ago.

The Connacht Council confirmed that had Galway been beaten, they would have been out of the championship. But a spokesperson for the Connacht Council has confirmed that a rule change has been implemented and that Roscommon will enter the qualifiers should they lose.

"Moves were made to rectify the situation and Coiste Bainisti made the decision to allow any beaten Connacht side a way back into the competition."

Irish Independent