WEST Limerick GAA chiefs last night ordered their divisional junior hurling final to be replayed after Sunday afternoon’s decider in Feenagh between St Kieran’s and Askeaton ended in a blaze of controversy when a St Kieran’s substitute entered the action with none of his teammates making way and struck the match-winning goal to hand his side a 2-12 to 2-11 victory.
St Kieran’s had been reduced to 14 men when one of their players was sent-off during the second-half but at the time of the match-winning goal, they had 15 men on the field with both the substitute and the player who was supposed to make way, involved in the action.
Despite strong protests by Askeaton players and management, referee Jason O’Mahony allowed the goal to stand after consultation with his linesmen and umpires.
O’Mahony submitted his report of the match to the West Limerick GAA Board and the report was examined ahead of last night’s West Limerick board meeting.
Officials ruled that the game should be replayed after O’Mahony outlined that no slip of paper was given to him in recognition of the sub and that it did not occur during a break of play.
The match will now be replayed next Saturday afternoon in Feenagh at 3.30pm.
“We feel that this is the best decision,” remarked Askeaton secretary Michael J Ryan last night.
“You need fair play in the GAA and there was no fair play in what happened in Feenagh on Sunday. We’re very happy that there’s going to be a replay.”
O’Mahony has refereed regularly at intercounty level in recent seasons and took charge of the Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21HC semi-final between Galway and Dublin in August.
Two years ago O’Mahony was under the spotlight when he officiated the Munster U21HC final between Clare and Tipperary in Ennis.
That match ended in dramatic circumstances when Clare goalkeeper Donal Tuohy was adjudged to have stepped outside the square while taking a puckout and Tipperary attacker Pa Bourke converted the resultant ‘65 that was awarded to hand the Premier a 1-16 to 2-12 success.
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