Tuesday 23 January 2018

Reilly loses championship referee status

Cormac Reilly came in for criticism for his handling of the Kerry/Mayo All-Ireland semi-final replay two years ago Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Cormac Reilly came in for criticism for his handling of the Kerry/Mayo All-Ireland semi-final replay two years ago Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Cormac Reilly has been left out of the 18-strong football referees' Championship panel, less than two years after taking charge of an All-Ireland semi-final.

Reilly was the official in charge of the epic Kerry/Mayo replay at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick and came in for strong criticism in the wake of the game, especially from Mayo supporters.

He has dropped down to a group of eight linesmen who will act as support throughout the Championship.

The Meath official's place has been taken by Cavan's Noel Mooney, who is stepping up to this level for the first time.

There is also a change in the 12-strong hurling panel, with Sean Cleere set to become the first Kilkenny man in many years to referee a MacCarthy Cup match.

The full football panel is: Ciaran Branagan (Down), Barry Cassidy (Derry), David Coldrick (Meath), Maurice Deegan (Laois), Marty Duffy (Sligo), David Gough (Meath), Rory Hickey (Clare), Padraig Hughes (Armagh), Sean Hurson (Tyrone), Fergal Kelly (Longford), Eddie Kinsella (Laois), Conor Lane (Cork), Joe McQuillan (Cavan), Noel Mooney (Cavan), Paddy Neilan (Roscommon), Anthony Nolan (Wicklow), Derek O'Mahony (Tipperary), Padraig O'Sullivan (Kerry).

The full hurling panel is: Sean Cleere (Kilkenny), Brian Gavin (Offaly) Fergal Horgan (Tipperary), John Keenan (Wicklow), Alan Kelly (Galway), Barry Kelly (Westmeath), Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork), Colm Lyons (Cork), James McGrath (Westmeath), Paud O'Dwyer (Carlow), James Owens (Wexford), Johnny Ryan (Tipperary)

Irish Independent

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