Wednesday 13 November 2019

Second replays are a nonsense

Given the fixtures problems that are dogging the GAA, there’s a case for every game that ends level being finished on the day. (Stock picture)
Given the fixtures problems that are dogging the GAA, there’s a case for every game that ends level being finished on the day. (Stock picture)
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

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.

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