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Leinster crux after referee’s extra-time gaffe

LEINSTER COUNCIL chiefs are to investigate a bizarre refereeing gaffe which brought a premature end to the Leinster Club SFC quarter-final between St Vincent’s and Seneschalstown yesterday in Parnell Park.

Wing-back Pat Kelly kicked an equaliser for the Dublin champions in the final minute of normal time, and referee Eugene Murtagh blew for full-time shortly afterwards although extra-time had been scheduled. Both teams left the field and the spectators departed, and though a prominent refereeing officialattempted to signal the mistake to Murtagh, the message wasn’t delivered in time.

With the clash of Moorefield and Dromard at Conleth’s Park going to extra-time, the error was accentuated.

In another Leinster club SFC game, gardaí had to be called to separate fans from Éire Óg of Carlow and Tyrrellspass of Westmeath, who clashed at Dr Cullen Park.