GAA announce Christy Ring Cup final will be replayed
The GAA has officially confirmed that the Christy Ring hurling Cup final will be replayed. The game is scheduled to take place in Newry on next Saturday at 7pm.
Before the decision was announced Meath had expressed reservations about fulfilling a re-fixture.
It now looks that they have little option but to replay the final despite being presented with the Christy Ring trophy after last weekend’s controversial final in Croke Park.
The scoreboard and the referee initially agreed that Meath had won the game by one point Meath 2-18; Antrim 1-20.
However, the referee later acknowledged that he had erred and the actual score was Meath 2-17; Antrim 1-20.
Even though it is custom and practice to present trophies in GAA finals immediately after the game, the result does not become official until the referee’s report is adopted by the Central Competitions Control Committee.
Once the referee acknowledged that he had made an error in tallying the score the CCCC had little option but to accept his amended score and schedule a replay.
The scheduling of a GAA fixture cannot be appealed though given the circumstances of this case Meath could attempt to take their case to the Dispute Resolution Authority.