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GAA order replay in Newry for Christy Ring Cup final after scoring controversy

Meath and Antrim will renew acquaintances.

Meath captain James Toher makes his victory speech after the game.
Meath captain James Toher makes his victory speech after the game.
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THE GAA HAVE confirmed today that the Christy Ring Cup final between Meath and Antrim will be replayed on 11 June in Páirc Esler in Newry.

Meath received the trophy after a one-point win in Croke Park last Saturday before subsequently it emerged that the game should have ended in a draw.

At a scheduled meeting of the CCCC today, the controversy over the final score was discussed.

It was confirmed that the final score of the game was recorded incorrectly and that the game did finish in a draw.

The replay has been scheduled for a 7pm throw-in time at the Down venue on 11 June.

Earlier today, the suggestion that both teams should be promoted was dismissed by GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail.

“No, that’s not an option,” said Ó Fearghail, speaking on RTÉ Radio’s Morning Ireland programme.

“That sounds nice at times and it’s lovely to be nice to everyone and we would like to do that and I’m sure that’s what people’s instant reaction was.

“But we have to be fair and we also have to be honest. They are the two things – being fair and being honest.

“The CCC will consider the referee’s report. If there’s a winner, there’s a winner, and that will also be a consideration.

“But if the referee did make a genuine human error and admits that then I’ve no doubt the CCC will act fairly and if it ended in a draw there’s only one action they can take.

“If it ended in a draw, and, again, I’m using the word ‘if’, then you have to have a winner. You can’t have two winners.”

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