Garryowen lodge appeal after final defeat to Con

Garryowen FC have lodged an appeal with the Munster Branch after losing Friday night’s Munster Senior Cup final to a penalty landed by Cork Constitution full-back Chris Quinn with the last kick of extra-time.

Garryowen believe referee Kieran Barry erred in awarding a full penalty rather than an indirect free kick when ruling they were guilty of time wasting.

The sides were level at 6-6 but under the rules of the competition, Garryowen would have been declared winners because they had registered the game’s first score.

The teams were lining up for a Garryowen throw for what would have been the last play of the game 40 metres from the Limerick club’s posts.

Garryowen prop JP Cooney left the pitch at that point and one of their coaching team was trying to bring Peter O’Shea in as a replacement. Garryowen claim to have video evidence that he spent no more than three seconds on the pitch trying to organise O’Shea’s participation.

When Chris Quinn’s superb kick sailed between the posts, Constitution were 9-6 winners and Munster Senior Cup winners for the 35th time.

Garryowen’s anger at the controversial ending was apparent in both the reaction of their players and supporters on the terraces.

And last night one of the club spokesmen stated: “We have lodged this appeal because we believe an incorrectly awarded penalty decided the outcome of the match and that we were unjustly treated.”

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