Antrim hopes of GAA Championship reprieve in doubt
ANTRIM's hopes of a Senior Football Championship qualifier reprieve against Sligo are beginning to look slim.
Replay talk surfaced over the weekend after Sligo appeared to use seven substitutions during their six-point win, 0-22 to 3-7, over the Ulster men.
Peter Laffey replaced defender Charlie Harrison in the fifth minute of stoppage-time.
It was unclear if Mark Breheny’s withdrawal in the 45th minute was a blood substitution after he took a heavy hit from Antrim’s Jack Dowling.
But today Sligo boss Niall Carew insisted that all the substitutions were made correctly and Sligo will not need to have to replay the game.
This morning's qualifier draw pitted Sligo against Meath in round 2A and the game is set for July 1.
“Mark’s substitution was a blood sub. All paper work was done as per the rules,” said Carew.
And it has also been reported that a spokesperson for the GAA’s referees has confirmed Carew’s version of events and said Breheny’s blood substitution had been recorded in the official report of referee Fergal Kelly.
If the referee’s report does confirm Carew's view then that will signal the end of the Championship line for the Saffrons this year.
Last year both Laois and Armagh replayed their Championship fixture after it was revealed Laois had used seven substitutions.