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Wait continues for Derry minors

DERRY must wait a little longer before they learn the fate of their appeal in their efforts to get a replay of their All-Ireland minor football championship semi-final against Cork.

The GAA's Management Committee discussed the appeal at their meeting in Croke Park last night, but a result of those discussions will not be announced until later today.


Derry lodged their appeal to Management after the GAC turned down their initial request for a replay on the grounds that Cork midfielder, Kieran Murphy, received a second yellow card from Galway referee, Gerry Kinneavey, some seven minutes from the end of the game, but was not sent off.

Murphy played on to the finish with Cork winning by a point - but GAC ruled that the referee's decision is final in all such matters.

Cork also appealed against the first yellow card which Murphy received.

Derry were not confident Management would rule in their favour, but felt they should appeal in the interests of fair play.

Meanwhile, the experienced Willie Barrett of Tipperary will referee Sunday week's Guinness All-Ireland Hurling final between Offaly and Kilkenny.

The appointment was made by the Central Referee's Association,who also announced yesterday that Barry Kelly of Westmeath will take change of the minor decider between Cork and Galway. Barrett brings vast big match experience to the scene having also taken charge of the '94 final when Offaly made their sensational comeback to defeat Limerick.

The Ardfinnan clubman also took charge of an All-Ireland semi-final two years ago when Kilkenny defeated Cork, in addition to taking charge of various major clubs games and minor and U-21 All-Ireland finals.

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Kelly is a referee who has been building a steady reputation for himself, and has the qualities to graduate to the very top, just like his Westmeath predecessor, Paddy Collins.


Kelly has been very active this summer and refereed the Leinster U-21 final between Offaly and Kilkenny and the minor semi-final between Galway and Offaly. Kelly was reserve referee for last year's minor final.

Pat Horan of Offaly, another highly experienced official, has been selected to referee the All-Ireland U-21 hurling final between Limerick and Galway. Horan refereed the senior final of '96, when Wexford defeated Limerick.

Tommy McIntyre of Antrim has been assigned to referee the All-Ireland IHC final between Tipperary and either Galway or Kilkenny, while Michael Bodkin of Galway will officiate the JHC final between Armagh and Meath.

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