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Meath eventually agree to replay cup final but want date change for 'appropriate preparation'

The fallout from last weekend’s controversy rumbles on.

James Toher, Sean Geraghty and Ciaran O’Rourke celebrate at Croke Park last weekend.
James Toher, Sean Geraghty and Ciaran O’Rourke celebrate at Croke Park last weekend.
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THE MEATH COUNTY Board has this evening announced that its senior hurling team have agreed to replay the Christy Ring Cup final on the grounds that the date is changed.

The GAA yesterday confirmed that the final between the Royal County and Antrim would need to be replayed after the score in the original game was recorded incorrectly.

While Meath have now eventually confirmed they will fulfill the fixture, they are demanding the game is changed from Saturday 11 June to Saturday 18 June to allow for ‘appropriate preparation.’

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

Referee John O’Brien had tallied the scoreline wrongly, giving Meath a one-point victory by 2-18 to 1-20 when the actual scoreline was 2-17 to 1-20.

At a scheduled meeting of the CCCC yesterday, it was concluded that the two teams would need to meet again with the replay set for this Saturday in Páirc Esler.

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While Meath want an extra week to prepare, their alternative date clashes with Antrim’s scheduled Ulster SHC semi-final on 18 June.

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