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Dublin: 9°C Tuesday 20 April 2021

Controversy reigns as Limerick dump Wexford out

In the evening’s other game, Tyrone beat Armagh to set up a fourth round qualifier against Roscommon.

Wexford's Brian Malone devastated at the end of the game.
Wexford's Brian Malone devastated at the end of the game.
Image: ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

RENEWED CALLS FOR the introduction of goal-line technology will surely be heard in the coming days after Limerick sealed victory over Wexford with a controversial last-gasp point in O’Moore Park.

Referee Derek Fahy was the centre of attention after he allowed Ian Ryan’s injury-time free to stand, despite one of his umpires signalling that the ball had drifted wide.

That disputed score was all that stood between the teams at the final whistle, giving the Shannonsiders a 1-18 to 1-17 victory and a place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

If the manner of their victory was controversial, Limerick will feel that justice had been served after Eric Bradley’s earlier goal had been allowed to stand, despite the midfielder appearing to throw the ball from one hand to the other before smashing it past Brian Scanlon.

Bradley’s goal had put Wexford four points ahead, 1-11 to 0-10, and Jason Ryan’s men still prevailed by three points as the game ticked into injury time.

But a well-taken goal from substitute Eoghan O’Connor drew the sides level before Ryan’s free broke Wexford hearts.

Meanwhile, in Tyrone’s Healy Park, the hosts progressed to the fourth round of the qualifiers with a six-point win over Armagh, 2-13 to 0-13.

After a sluggish start, a late first-half flurry, capped by a goal from Joe McMahon, helped the Red Hand into a four-point lead at the break, 1-07 to 0-06.

Tommy McGuigan stretched Tyrone’s lead with a second goal on 47 minutes, but the end result could have been a shade closer had Steven McDonnell done better than blaze his penalty over the bar.

Mickey Harte’s men will now meet Roscommon next weekend to do battle for the final quarter-final berth.

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