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Joe Brolly Feels GAA Will Have To Replay All-Ireland Final After Kilmacud Error

Joe Brolly Feels GAA Will Have To Replay All-Ireland Final After Kilmacud Error
By Gary Connaughton Updated
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Kilmacud Crokes claimed their first All-Ireland title since 2009 yesterday, but there was more than a hint of controversy about their victory over Glen at Croke Park.

It was an excellent game between two very good sides, one that went right down to the wire.

The Dublin club went into injury time leading by two points, with their opponents pushing for a goal. After goalkeeper Conor Ferris pulled off a stunning save late on, Glen would be given one final opportunity via a 45.

While nothing would come of it, it became clear after the game that an error had occurred.

Images of that final dead ball clearly indicated that Kilmacud had at least 16 men on the pitch at the time, having made a number of substitutes but failing to take off the correct number of players.

Pretty damning.

As it turns out, they actually had 17 men on the pitch as Paul Mannion was also standing on the playing surface out of shot.

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This revelation has now thrown the result of the game into doubt.

Joe Brolly calls for All-Ireland club final replay

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Many believe that Glen should be entitled to a replay, especially when you consider how important this final play of the game was.

GAA rules allow for the offending team to thrown out of the competition, a replay, or a fine after incidents such as this one.

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Joe Brolly believes that playing the game again is the only fair course of action. Taking to social media, the Derry man said that the GAA should have little choice but to give the two teams another crack at it.

Under R6.44, the Committee only has 3 options: Award of Game to the Opposing Team, Replay, or Fine, “depending on the circumstances.” Here, Dara Mullin was subbed, stayed on & defended the goal line for the last 45. It was a flagrant breach at a critical moment.

The “circumstances” couldn’t have been more critical. This wasn’t a player straying over the sideline, not interfering with play. The GAA will not want to set a precedent encouraging teams to fire on extra players at the end to defend a lead. A replay is the likely outcome.

My own view is that the honourable course is a replay. This was not a technical breach of the rule. 15 v 15 is a fundamental requirement. Playing v 16 men in the dying minutes with the extra man defending the goal line is a travesty.

Lads. Get off the beer!

It's hard to argue with that.

The rule quoted above states that having extra players on the field of play could result in:

On a proven Objection - Award of Game to the Opposing Team, or Replay, or Fine, depending on the circumstances. On an Inquiry by the Committee-in-Charge - Forfeiture of Game without Award of Game to the Opposing Team, or Replay, or Fine, depending on the circumstances.

Brolly would go on to say that the issue should be take out of the hands of the clubs involved and be handled by the GAA.

Considering how close this game was, a replay seems like the fairest outcome.

If not, a dangerous precedent could be set as other teams look to bend the rules in big games moving forward.

SEE ALSO: GAA Fans Were Furious Over Condition Of Croke Park Pitch For All-Ireland Club Finals

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