Meath fail to decide on replay offer

Meath GAA officials baffled club delegates at tonight's County Board meeting outside Navan by failing to make any decision on whether or not to offer a replay to Louth.

Joe Sheridan's controversial injury-time goal earned the Royal County side their 21st Leinster SFC title at Croke Park yesterday, but there has been a groundswell of support for Louth to be given a rematch.

Television replays showed that Sheridan had carried the ball over the goal-line and the goal should have been allowed to stand. It was a crucial call by referee Martin Sludden, with Meath claiming a 1-12 to 1-10 victory.

At tonight's gathering outside Navan, Meath GAA chairman Barney Allen read the statement issued earlier today by the GAA to the delegates from 40-plus clubs in attendance, which outlined Sludden's admission that the goal was not a legitimate one.

Allen, Meath GAA vice chairman Eugene Comiskey and secretary Cyril Crevin emerged from a County Executive meeting 65 minutes later than scheduled. Allen then commenced the full County Committee meeting.

"The management committee have no decision made on offering a replay. We want a bit of time in relation to other matters being discussed," Allen stated.

He added: "We received no email with a copy of the referees' report (from Croke Park)."

There was a request to get a copy of the referees' report by Pat O'Neill from St. Colmcille's, the club of Meath forward Graham Reilly.

"We can't do anything if the referee doesn't give us the report," O'Neill said.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that the Meath players are also holding their own meeting tonight.

The Meath GAA officials are unlikely to reach a final decision on the possible offer of a replay, until receiving input from the players.

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