Last Saturday’s Christy Ring Cup final, between Meath and Antrim, will be replayed after the CCCC discussed the error to the scoreline.
Today the GAA released a statement saying:
“Following consideration of the referee’s report, it has been confirmed that the final score of the game was recorded incorrectly and that the game did finish in a draw (Antrim 1-20, Meath 2-17).”
The final will now be replayed this Saturday at 7pm in Páirc Esler, Newry.
While Meath lifted the cup at the final whistle, having recorded a seemingly 2-18 to 1-20 victory, an error with the scoreboard meant that reporters in the stadium had the game down as a draw.
The discrepancy seemed to occur following a point by Antrim player Niall McKenna in the 63rd minutes. His side had been leading by four points at the time, but broadcasters TG4 awarded the score to Meath, as did some of the scoreboards in Croke Park.
Some were amended twice to account for Antrim’s point, but the Meath score was left unchanged.
Referee John O’Brien was at first reported as saying that he had been satisfied by the 2-18 to 1-20 scoreline, but he is understood to have admitted to the mistake afterwards.
Earlier today GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghaíl ruled out the possibility of promoting both teams.
There had been some media reports that Meath would have no desire to play the game a second time, having celebrated the win over the weekend.
There were also rumours that a number of Meath players were heading for America this week.
Micky McCullough, a selector for Meath and former Antrim player, told RTE that a replay would be an ’empty game’.
“Let’s face it, them Meath lads have already been up the Hogan Stand steps, have already lifted the cup, have already done the celebrations.
“It would be an empty game, I think. I would be thinking of looking [past] the replay and saying, ‘What are your end goals here?’”
He also confirmed that the teams would be missing players.
“I know Antrim players are going on holidays this week, are off to America. I know Meath have players heading to America. Sure it wouldn’t even be the same two teams playing.
“It would be tarnished from the first game.”