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Published: 13:14 | 8/6/16

Ennis hits out at Christy Ring Cup debacle

Meath boss offers no guarantees that his team will play

Meath hurling manager Martin Ennis has lashed out at the GAA Central Competitions Control Committee decision to replay the Christy Ring Cup final after a scoring error and offered no guarantees that the Royals would honour the fixture.

The replay has been slated for this coming Saturday at 7pm in Pairc Esler, Newry following the debacle at the weekend which saw referee John O'Brien admit that he tallied the final score incorrectly in awarding Meath a 2-18 to 1-20 victory over Antrim when, in fact, it should have been a draw.

One compromise solution suggested that both counties should be allowed to take part in next year's Leinster SHC, for which the Christy Ring Cup serves as a qualifiying tournament, but GAA president Aogan O'Fearghail was quick to dismiss that option ahead of the CCCC meeting which duly ruled that the game should be replayed.

However, Ennis has made his feelings clear on the situation and has offered no guarantees that Meath will take part.

"I'm very disappointed with the decision of the GAA's CCC to order a replay of the Ring Cup final, effectively putting Antrim and ourselves against each other over a mistake that was of their making," he told the Meath Chronicle.

"We have no intention of paying the price for the mistake of the GAA. Asking us to replay a game that we firmly believe we won last Saturday is very disappointing.

"We sought clarification from the CCCC about Sean Heavey's perfectly good point in the 41st minute, but it appears to me that they never even looked at that score.

"I requested that the officials look at the point with Hawkeye at the time, but they refused, so what I want to know now is why did they refuse? I also want them to retrospectively go back and look at that decision.

"I'm also very disappointed that the GAA President made the comments he made this morning on RTE Radio. What was the point of having a CCCC meeting when it already appears as if the decision was already made.

"This really is shambolic and a farce and it is far from over yet. As a management team we are firmly against playing a replay to a game we have already won, collected the cup and celebrated.

"I will contact each of the players to get their views, but how can the players be in the right frame of mind or be physically right to play a game next Saturday. It's nothing short of a disgrace.”

By: Kieran O'Daly

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