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Antrim Rage Over Controversial All-Ireland Final Penalty Decision

Antrim Rage Over Controversial All-Ireland Final Penalty Decision
PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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The All-Ireland Ladies Football Junior Championship final between Antrim and Fermanagh ended in a 1-13 a piece draw at Croke Park on Sunday.

It had looked as though the game was going Antrim's way with 13 minutes to play when they extended their lead to four points.

However, a Fermanagh penalty in the 49th minute - converted by Eimear Smyth - brought them back into the match. The kick was awarded when Bláithín Bogue was brought down by Sarah O’Neill even though the foul took place outside the square.

"In the second half, we had our sin bin, and then the penalty," Antrim manager Emma Kelly told BBC Sport Northern Ireland.

"Word on the street is that it was nowhere near inside the square. So, it shouldn’t have been a penalty. Which raises questions as to why it was not flagged up with the umpires or linespeople. I don't know how they figured out that it was a square ball for the [Bláithín Bogue] goal."

31 July 2022; A Fermanagh goal is disallowed during the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Junior Championship Final match between Antrim and Fermanagh at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Kelly added: "It shouldn't have been a penalty - if the video referee is there, use it.

"The penalty obviously lifted Fermanagh spirits, got their tails up and gave them that push on.


"It's a strange one that they used it (video technology) for one incident and not the other. It made a big difference and it's frustrating.


"Or if there's someone there watching it back they can't talk into a referee's ear and say 'hold on, we need to look at this'."

Fermanagh scored the next two points following the penalty to take a late lead but a free from Orlaith Prenter got Antrim level and sent the game to a replay which will take place in a fortnight.

"We live to fight another day," said Kelly.


"It was a game that we could have completely threw away. There's some of our girls that know they underperformed. They'll be gutted, but they have another chance to go again. We had a lot of possession, and were probably in control a lot. They stepped it up, and they punished us any time that they did overturn.

"Some of our decision-making on the ball could improve. We were kicking it down Orlaith Prenter's throat at times when they had two or three sweepers. Then she was left on her own by the time the wave got up to help her.

"We had stats come in that we had 20 shots and only converted eight [in the first half]. You're just going, 'Seriously like?' They were pretty clinical up front."


See Also: Antrim 'Disappointed' After Enthralling Junior Final Draw With Fermanagh

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