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Dublin: -2°C Sunday 11 April 2021

Dublin will not appeal for an All-Ireland final replay

“Very disappointed” Dubs congratulate Cork on their All-Ireland six-in-a-row.

Devastated: Dublin's Sinead Goldrick and Ciara Trant.
Devastated: Dublin's Sinead Goldrick and Ciara Trant.
Image: Brendan Moran/SPORTSFILE

DUBLIN HAVE DECIDED not to lodge an appeal against the result of yesterday’s All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football football final.

In a short statement issued this afternoon, the Dublin LGFA said that they will now focus their efforts on ensuring that a similar score controversy does not happen again.

Cork clinched a remarkable 11th All-Ireland in 12 years when they beat the Dubs by a point in front of a record Croke Park crowd on Sunday.

But controversy raged after the final whistle as it became clear that a legitimate Dublin score had been waved wide in the first half.

TV replays showed that Carla Rowe’s 22nd-minute shot had gone over the bar but was not recognised by the match officials.

Furious Dubs boss Gregory McGonigle criticised the LGFA’s decision not to use Hawk-Eye due to cost considerations.

And while he refused to rule out an appeal in the immediate aftermath of the game, Dublin indicated today that they will not seek to have the game replayed.

“Dublin Players, Management and Executive congratulate Cork on winning the 2016 Senior All-Ireland final,” their statement read.

“We wish it to be noted that we are very disappointed that the score error could not be rectified on the field of play and we will focus our efforts to require that LGFA put processes in place so that no other team is subjected to such a situation.

“Dublin LGFA will be making no further comment on this issue.”

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