Wednesday 21 August 2019

McCormack's case highlights yet another bizarre GAA rules anomaly

Kildare's Ben McCormack. Photo: Sportsfile
Kildare's Ben McCormack. Photo: Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

One of the GAA's greatest anomalies was uncovered during Sunday's Leinster SFC quarter-final between Kildare and Longford when it was revealed that 'ticked' offences for minor rule infringements carry over into extra-time.

Yellow cards incurred earlier in a game are quashed in extra-time while teams are allowed to return to the full complement of 15 if they have received a red during normal time as it is deemed a new game.

It is not a new game if a player has received a 'tick', however, with GAA referees' chief Willie Barrett confirming that such offences carry over into extra-time.

Kildare boss Cian O'Neill joked with reporters following Sunday's game about the ruling, having taken the precaution to substitute Ben McCormack - who scored two first-half points - at half-time after picking up a 'tick' to go with his 18th minute yellow card.

The Sarsfields attacker was re-introduced to the fray at the start of extra time - and kicked a further point - with his yellow card cancelled out but, amazingly, his 'tick' carried over in yet another bizarre GAA ruling.

Confused

Changes made for the 2018 season enforced that ruling, while the press were also left slightly confused when Longford's Barry McKeon received a yellow in extra-time having earlier been shown the same colour during normal time.

The Colmcille attacker was not sent off as his 49th minute yellow card did not carry over into extra-time but like many instances in the GAA, few were aware of it until the instance actually occurred.

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Longford and Kildare will meet again next Sunday with the winner facing All-Ireland champions Dublin while the losers face Carlow in round one of the Qualifiers.

Yesterday's Qualifier draw threw up some interesting ties with Monaghan getting a chance to avenge last year's Ulster semi-final defeat when they host Fermanagh.

Monaghan were afforded a chance to rebuild through the back-door last year before reaching the Super 8s, but they face a stiff first hurdle against Rory Gallagher's Erne men.

Tipperary are on the ropes following a shock Munster quarter-final defeat to Limerick and must keep their championship hopes alive in difficult circumstances when they host Down.

Meanwhile, Louth entertain Antrim, Leitrim meet Wicklow, Wexford take on Derry, Offaly go up against London and Westmeath are drawn against Waterford with all games taking place on June 8/9.

Louth v Antrim; Tipperary v Down; Leitrim v Wicklow; Wexford v Derry; Offaly v London; Monaghan v Fermanagh; Carlow v Kildare/Longford; Westmeath v Waterford

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