Wednesday 13 December 2017

Laois accept blame for sub 'sorry mess'

Laois chairman Gerry Kavanagh. Photo: Sportsfile
Laois chairman Gerry Kavanagh. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Laois have accepted full responsibility for the latest substitution controversy which led them to introduce seven in Saturday's All-Ireland qualifier with Armagh, forcing the GAA to replay the match in Portlaoise on Saturday week.

Confirmation came last night after the Laois executive met and accepted the Central Competition Controls Committee's ruling that the game must be replayed.

The error only emerged on Monday and, after a day of negotiations, the green light was given to a potential Armagh championship lifeline.

Laois chairman Gerry Kavanagh said they laid the blame firmly on themselves.

"We're disappointed but it's our own making. We were the cause of the infraction and must take our medicine, move on and put this sorry mess behind us."

Kavanagh said no blame would be directed at any of the match officials on the day. The fact that the game is fixed for Portlaoise softens the blow. CCCC had to make the fixture to avoid setting a precedent.

Laois will now have a qualifier football game at 3.0pm with a hurling qualifier against Clare in Ennis at 7.0pm that evening.

The extra seven days has put further pressure on the qualifier programme with the Ulster semi-final replay between Tyrone and Cavan, fixed for Sunday week, really causing upheaval.

The losers of Cavan and Tyrone will meet Carlow on July 9/10, the provisional date for the losers of the Dublin/Meath Leinster semi-final who play Derry, giving them an unexpected extra seven days.

But Clare dual player Podge Collins won't now have to decide between footballers and hurlers on Saturday week, while John O'Loughlin will be available for Laois after suspension.

Irish Independent

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