Longford get ready with appeal case
LONGFORD will have an appeal against the result of their recent NFL Division 4 defeat by Limerick heard by the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) tonight.
They signalled their intention to appeal after the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) last week overlooked referee Sean Carroll's admission in his report that he had made a mistake and ruled that the 1-8 to 0-9 result in favour of Limerick should stand.
Longford scored a goal just after Carroll had blown the final whistle and they are contending that the goal should have stood because, under the experimental rules, a referee can blow for full-time only when the ball is out of play.
The onus will be on Longford tonight to prove that the game ended prematurely because of Carroll's 'error' in blowing the final whistle while the ball was still in play.
It is understood that they may base their appeal on the precedent of the 1998 All-Ireland senior hurling semi-final replay between Clare and Offaly which concluded two minutes before the end. That game went to a second replay, which Offaly won.
However, as the Longford/Limerick match was already in injury-time and the current rule for concluding a game is only in the experimental phase, the odds may be against them winning their case. If they fail, the appetite to seek a DRA judgment on the incident may not be there.
Meanwhile, Louth have decided not to appeal the result of their O'Byrne Cup final defeat by DCU last week.
Manager Peter Fitzpatrick indicated after the final that they would appeal because referee Joe Curley blew full-time when the ball was still in play.
Louth were trailing by one point and added time had elapsed when Curley blew the final whistle as the ball was in flight from the Louth kick-out after Shane Roche's winner for the Dublin university.