Second replays are a nonsense
So then, it's back to Ballybofey tonight (8.0) for Gaoth Dobhair and Naomh Conaill in the third instalment of the Donegal county football final.
Extra-time failed to separate them in last Sunday's replay, but instead of going to penalties a second replay was fixed. Why the reluctance to use a modern means of tie-breaking a close rivalry?
Nobody wants a county final settled on penalties but if there's still deadlock after extra-time in a replay, then there's a clear logic to deciding it on spot-kicks, especially since the Donegal champions are due to play Castlerahan (Cavan) in the Ulster SFC next Sunday.
If either side had been awarded a penalty in the closing minute of the drawn game or replay, the game could have been decided on a one-off shot, yet there was a reluctance to go down the spot-kick route even when both would have a minimum of five.
Given the fixtures problems that are dogging the GAA, there's a case for every game that ends level being finished on the day.
As for second replays, they should never happen.