Saturday 16 December 2017

GAA stand by referees on the receiving end

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

SOME of the football referees who were involved in controversies last weekend have been appointed to take charge of games in the second round of the All-Ireland qualifiers.

They include Michael Duffy (Sligo), who also ran into trouble in his previous outing when he allowed Monaghan to take a quick free which led to a goal against Down in the Ulster semi-final.

Derry boss John Brennan was critical of Duffy for disallowing a goal in the final minute against Longford last Saturday evening. However, the National Referees Committee has stood by Duffy and appointed him to take charge of Tipperary v Wexford.

Duffy's brother, Marty, will referee the high-profile Cavan v Kildare clash on the same day.

Derek Fahy (Longford), who drew Louth's ire after their qualifier defeat by Louth, has been appointed to Antrim v Galway while Padraig Hughes (Armagh), who was criticised by London after their defeat by Antrim, will referee Longford v Derry.

Joe McQuillan (Cavan) will referee the Ulster provincial decider between Down and Donegal on July 22. The refereeing appointments for the provincial football finals and the All-Ireland Round 2 qualifiers are as follows:

Qualifiers

Roscommon v Tyrone, R Hickey (Clare) Antrim v Galway, D Fahy (Longford) Tipperary v Wexford, Michael Duffy (Sligo) Leitrim v Wicklow, B Cassidy (Derry) Longford v Limerick, P Hughes (Armagh) Westmeath v Kerry, M Higgins (Fermanagh)

Laois v Monaghan, D Coldrick (Meath)

Cavan v Kildare, Marty Duffy (Sligo).

Connacht final

Mayo v Sligo, C Reilly (Meath)

Leinster final

Dublin v Meath, Marty Duffy (Sligo)

Ulster final

Donegal v Down, J McQuillan (Cavan)

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