Na Magha take appeal over defeat to Croke Park

NA Magha have lodged an appeal to Croke Park against their Ulster Club junior hurling semi-final loss to Carrickmacross after Ulster GAA threw out their initial objection.

The Derry champions felt aggrieved at the manner of their loss to their Monaghan counterparts at the weekend.

Na Magha claim that the referee had instructed the scoreboard to be changed during the second half of the game, and that when asked during the play, he confirmed “several times” that the scoreboard was correct.

It had shown Na Magha leading by two points deep into injury-time, by which point they had implemented a sweeper.

But a late Carrickmacross free that was put over the bar that appeared to cut the margin to one at the final whistle actually proved to be the winning score.

Carrickmacross challenged the scoreline with the referee, who is understood to have then counted a draw.

It was then recounted a second time using the video of the game, which established that Carrickmacross had actually won by a point.

Na Magha’s original plea was dismissed by Ulster Council but they will continue their fight by taking it to Headquarters.

There is the potential that it could delay the Ulster final between Carrickmacross and Craobh Rua, which is set for Saturday afternoon in Newry.