Sunday 25 August 2019

Penalty shoot-out could decide Kildare v Longford replay

David Slattery of Kildare fires in a shot under pressure from Barry O'Farrell of Longford. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
David Slattery of Kildare fires in a shot under pressure from Barry O'Farrell of Longford. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Longford’s Darren Gallagher on duty in Tullamore on Sunday – as he’s going to America he’s unable to play for his county. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

New 'winner on the day' regulations will kick in from this weekend on as Kildare and Longford replay the drawn Leinster quarter-final that required extra-time in Tullamore on Sunday.

If the sides are still level after normal time and extra-time again this Sunday at the same venue, a further two periods of extra-time will be required.

If the deadlock can't be broken a penalty shoot-out will then be required to separate the sides. This addition was made for all provincial Championship replays, including final replays, since last year because of the tightness of the schedule.

The winners of Kildare v Longford will meet Dublin a week later in a Leinster football semi-final.

The qualifiers are also subject to a change as to how drawn games are dealt with. This year the second period of extra-time (of two five-minute periods) will not be in play, sending a game which is still level after normal and extra-time straight to penalties.

Very few qualifiers have required replays after extra-time in the past. Kildare and Antrim drew in 2010, while Armagh and Wicklow were forced to go again during Mick O'Dwyer's time in charge of Wicklow.

There were penalty shoot-outs in the FBD Connacht League earlier this year when Mayo beat Leitrim and then lost to Galway, but in both cases the shoot-out kicked in straight after normal time had ended and the sides were level.

Longford were without up to nine players that they had in the previous year when the sides met because of retirements and a number of players intent on travelling to the US later this summer.

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Midfielder Darren Gallagher was among them and was pictured on traffic duty in his role as a Tullamore-based garda during Sunday's encounter.

Under rules brought in two years ago, a player can't play in an inter-county Championship and get a sanction to play for a team under the control of the USGAA board in the same year, unless they are students on a J1 visa. In that case their county must be out of the Championship.

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