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Black Card Fiasco Throws Donegal Championship Into Chaos

Black Card Fiasco Throws Donegal Championship Into Chaos
By Conor Neville Updated

The Donegal county final between Glenswilly and St. Eunan's is scheduled for Sunday. However, the match may not proceed at all due to an appeal lodged by Glenswilly's semi-final opponents Naomh Connaill (aka Glenties).

Glenswilly won the game by two points but one of their match winners, substitute Oisin Crawford, took to the field in controversial circumstances. Referee Jimmy White issued a yellow card to Glenswilly's Ciaran Bonner during the match.

Later on he handed the same player a black card. A yellow card followed by a black card is tantamount to a red card, and should have resulted in Glenswilly being reduced to 14 men.

However, Oisin Crawford was introduced for the departing Bonner. Typically, he scored a crucial point to put them 0-9 to 0-8 ahead (though on a strict interpretation of the law, that needn't even matter - despite the fact that Colm O'Rourke noted when Charlie Redmond stayed on the field in '95 that it was lucky he didn't score a point or something) before Eamonn Ward tagged on another point to leave the score at 0-10 to 0-8.

Either way, Glenties are weighing up their options. These include appealing for a replay. This would mean the county final would have to be pushed back to Saturday 8th November, the day before the winners are due to face the Fermanagh champions in Ulster.

[Independent]

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