Sunday 17 December 2017

Antrim could be set for Championship lifeline after Sligo use seven substitutes in qualifier win

Sligo manager Niall Carew may have to plot Antrim's downfall again after subs mix-up
Sligo manager Niall Carew may have to plot Antrim's downfall again after subs mix-up
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Antrim could be back in the All-Ireland qualifiers after Sligo appeared to use seven substitutes in their 0-22 to 3-7 victory over the Saffron men on Saturday.

Sligo manager Niall Carew sent on Peter Laffey for Charlie Harrison in the fifth minute of stoppage time at Markievicz Park. It was Sligo's seventh substitution of the game.

Teams are only permitted to make seven substitutions. including blood subs.

If the referee's report confirms that Sligo used seven replacements, then a replay is likely.

In a similar situation last year, Laois were forced to replay their game with Armagh after being found to use seven subs in the Round 1A win over the Orchard County.

Under the rules, the GAA's Central Competition Control Committee (CCCC) could award the game to Antrim, fine Sligo or order a replay.

Sligo went into the drum for this morning's Round 2A qualifier draw and were set to face Meath in Navan in the next round, but that fixture is up in the air now.

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