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The Whole Christy Ring Cup Fiasco Is Set To Roll On

The Whole Christy Ring Cup Fiasco Is Set To Roll On
By PJ Browne Updated

The CCCC met yesterday - three days after the game - to discuss the weekend's Christy Ring Cup final between Meath and Antrim.

Initially, it looked like Meath had won the game by a point.

However, the next day referee John O'Brien admitted an error in the recording of the score. Instead of a one point win for Meath, the result should have been a draw. This led the CCCC to decide the game should be replayed this Saturday, June 11th at Pairc Esler in Newry.

According to Colm Keys in the Irish Independent, that game is unlikely to go ahead.

Meath players met last night to discuss the scheduling of the replay and will today convey to the county board their thoughts on whether or not the game should go ahead.

The whole situation is exacerbated by three Meath players already having holidays booked for the US. Saturday was expected to be the end of the inter-county season for both Meath and Antrim players and so many had time off scheduled.

The CCCC could yet be amenable to rescheduling the game once again, perhaps for the weekend of the 18th.


The words of Meath manager Martin Ennis make it seem even less likely that the replay will go ahead. He told the Meath Chronicle:

This really is shambolic and a farce and it is far from over yet. As a management team we are firmly against playing a replay to a game we have already won, collected the cup and celebrated. I will contact each of the players to get their views, but how can the players be in the right frame of mind or be physically right to play a game next Saturday. It's nothing short of a disgrace.

Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile


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