Lamh Dhearg and Portglenone could pay the penalty tonight
TONIGHT’S controversial Antrim SFC semi-final second replay will be decided by penalty kicks if the two teams cannot be separated again.
Lamh Dhearg and Casement’s, Portglenone were engaged in a ‘sudden death’ free kick shoot-out when county chairman Ciaran McCavana called proceedings to a halt last week.
The two sides were level at 9-9 in that shoot-out, with both sets of nominated free-takers having taken frees twice, with each team missing one each when St Enda’s, Glengormley clubman McCavana stepped in to stop the contest.
The Irish News understands that the teams were playing under the old regulations, which were in effect last year.
There has been speculation that a belated recognition of this error was a factor in stopping the contest, although McCavana stated that he was thinking of the players’ mental health in making his intervention.
In any case, The Irish News understands that the match, which is due to throw in at 8pm in Ballymena tonight, will be played under the up-to-date regulations involving penalty kicks which were approved by the GAA’s Central Council at its meeting in January of this year.
All proceeds from this evening's game will be split between deterMND, Friends of Cancer Centre, and, in memory of the late Portglenone referee Paul McKeever, Cancer Focus NI.