Wednesday 25 April 2018

A summer of doubt unfolds . . .

June 20 -- Leinster hurling

semi-final: Galway v Offaly

A Ger Farragher sideline in the early minutes of the game drifts wide at the Hill 16 end but is adjudged to have been a point. The sides finish level courtesy of Shane Dooley's late equaliser from a free, but Galway win a cracking replay in Portlaoise.

July 3 -- Connacht football

semi-final: Sligo v Galway

Colm Magee's 72nd-minute winner for Sligo appears to drift wide at the very last moment, but the 'point' stood and Galway were dumped out of the Connacht championship.

July 11 -- Leinster football final:

Louth v Meath

Perhaps the most controversial end to a provincial final, or indeed any GAA match ever, as Meath's Joe Sheridan carries the ball over the Louth goal line. Referee Martin Sludden bends to pressure from Louth players to consult his umpires on the legality of the goal, but he eventually directs that the goal should stand. In his subsequent report, Sludden says he was ready to award a penalty to Sheridan anyway, but admits the goal should not have stood.

August 29 -- All-Ireland football semi-final: Down v Kildare

Benny Coulter's 'goal' is allowed to stand despite Coulter's presence in the Kildare square as the ball dropped into it. After consultation with his umpires, ref Pat McEnaney allows the goal to stand. At the other end seven minutes earlier, there had also been doubt over the legitimacy of an Alan Smith shot that was waved wide. Down gain momentum and go on to win the match.

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