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Substitution Controversy Means Armagh Might Not Be Out Of The Championship Just Yet

Substitution Controversy Means Armagh Might Not Be Out Of The Championship Just Yet
By PJ Browne
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Kieran McGeeney's inter-county management career took another blow in Portlaoise on Saturday as his Armagh side lost to Laois in the first round of the qualifiers.

It was dour game which in the end saw the teams separated by Conor Meredith's goal.

However, there could yet be a reprieve for McGeeney and Armagh.

The Irish Examiner's John Fogarty reports that Laois may have used too many substitutes in the game.

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After having used his full compliment of six subs during the game, Laois manager Mick Lillis made a further one when replacing Man of the Match Brendan Quigley - who had just been black carded - with Shane Murphy.

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It was a substitution which should not have been allowed.

The Irish Independent's report of the game listed the Laois substitutions as follows:

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A Farrell for Strong (43 mins); J Farrell for Meaney (50); M Campion for Donoher (52); R Munnelly for Conway (54); G Walsh for Cahillane (58); G Dillon for Meredith (70); S Murphy for Quigley (back card 72).

According to GAA rules, if there is found to be an infraction, it could result in the game being awarded to Armagh, a replay or a fine for Laois.

On a proven Objection - Award of Game to the Opposing Team, or Replay, or Fine, depending on the circumstances.

This evening, Armagh GAA said they had 'nothing to say' regarding the report.

Laois drew Clare in the second round of the qualifiers with the game due to be played on either July 2nd or 3rd.

Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

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