Thursday 22 August 2019

Lynch: VAR could have spotted '65 that never was in split second

Limerick's Cian Lynch. Photo: Tommy Dickson/INPHO
Limerick's Cian Lynch. Photo: Tommy Dickson/INPHO
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

The '65 that never was in last month's heartbreaking All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Kilkenny is "a regret that we'll have to live with the rest of our lives," according to Limerick star Cian Lynch.

Darragh O'Donovan's late sideline cut deflected off Cillian Buckley's hurl for what should have been a '65 and a chance to force extra-time, but instead it wasn't picked up and the Cats progressed to Sunday's decider.

Last season's Hurler of the Year is still struggling to deal with the end of their season and admits the circumstances left a sour taste with use of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) a possible solution to avoid a repeat occurrence.

"It's a regret that we'll have to live with the rest of our lives you know. Whatever we do in the future or if we get back to All-Ireland finals or even if we don't, I suppose when we're looking back in our later life, we'll remember that day," Centra GAA ambassador Lynch said.


"I know we lost fair and square, Kilkenny were brilliant on the day, but that was a decision that could have been a '65 and could have ended up drawing the game. I'm not spiteful or not holding any grudges but it is something that stays in the back of my mind and I was distraught after it to be honest.

"It's hard when you sacrifice everything in life, you're full-time hurling, you're trying to go to work and you barely see your family most evenings and when something like that can define your year, it's very hard to take.

"VAR or something can just stop the game for a split second and call something back or whatever it might be but that's the down the line. You don't want decisions like that to try and define years.

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"I'm not going to blame or pinpoint that as a reason why we lost or whatever. A lot of it comes back on ourselves, we were outfought for most stages of the game so that's massive."

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