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Intermediate Camogie Final Ends In Controversy As Ref Blows It Up At Vital Moment

PJ Browne
By PJ Browne Updated

The All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie final between Cork and Meath ended in a draw at Croke Park - 1-09 to 1-09.

It was a game which concluded with some minor controversy as referee Liz Gallagher blew for full-time as Meath had a chance to win the game.

Megan Thynne was in possession attempting to burst past a Cork player in a dangerous position when the referee blew it up with approximately 63:17 on the clock. There had been three minutes of added time indicated.

Speaking on RTÉ's coverage of the game, Anna Geary found it an unusual situation.

I've never seen that happen in camogie. Normally the ball goes wide or out over the line or maybe there's a challenge or ruck happening and the ref blows it up.

They had the ball, Megan had the ball. She was going through to score. Then, Liz Dempsey decided to blow up the match.

From a Cork perspective, they'd have to be delighted. She was through, there was nobody on her; she could have put that over the bar and it would have been Meath going home with the cup.

She also questioned why Liz Gallagher had not blown the final whistle a little bit earlier.

I think that it's the particular time that she blows it up. Why didn't she blow it up as the ball was moving towards Megan?

From a Meath point of view, you could even hear the captain there, you could feel the anger. They looked confused afterwards because it was an unusual time to blow it up.

Presenter Joanne Cantwell observed the referee and other officials engaged in a 'heated discussion' following the final whistle. Aisling Connolly was in no doubt what was being discussed.

I'm sure they were questioning, 'was that the right thing to do?' It's very rare that you see the officials in the middle of the field after the game.

It's definitely the talking point of the game.

Elaine Aylward suggested that Liz Gallagher would argue that time was up. However, she still found it to be a strange situation in which to blow the final whistle.

She will argue, if the time was up, the time was up, no matter where the ball was. In that position, normally, you let the play develop. It's either blown-up while the ball is being contested or while the ball is gone out over the end line. While a player was in possession about to take the shot - and the referee will argue the time was up, it didn't matter where the ball was - but it's an unfortunate way for it to finish.

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