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Mayo GAA chiefs postpone game due to Achill objection

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TAKING A STAND  Achill GAA club have submitted an objection to the result of their Mayo Junior Football Championship match last Sunday against Knockmore 'B'. Pic: Michael McLaughlin

Edwin McGreal

THIS Sunday’s Mayo Junior football championship quarter-final between Kilmaine and Westport ‘B’ has been postponed by the Mayo GAA Board.
The Mayo News understands that the game has been pulled from this weekend’s schedule after an official objection was lodged by Achill GAA club in recent days.
Achill have submitted an objection to the result of their final group game against Knockmore ‘B’ last weekend on the basis that an error was made during that match in relation to the application of the black card rule.
Knockmore ‘B’ beat Achill by 5-8 to 2-12, meaning the West Mayo side finished bottom of their group and facing the prospect of a relegation play-off.
However, a win or a draw over Knockmore ‘B’ would have left Achill in second place and in the Junior championship quarter-finals.
If Achill GAA club were to be successful with their objection, it could see them take their place in the quarter-finals at the expense of Westport ‘B’.
The alleged incident in last Sunday’s match between Achill and Knockmore ‘B’ is understood to have occurred in the 59th minute of the game when referee Martin Walshe issued Knockmore defender Paddy Hennigan with a black card.
Achill claim the defender had been booked in the first half and should have been shown a red card following the black card.
Reports in both The Mayo News and The Western People state Hennigan was booked in the first half.
However, Knockmore were allowed to replace Hennigan with substitute Seán Holmes.
Achill led by two points going into injury-time but Knockmore scored two goals and a point in injury time to win by five points.
Speaking to The Mayo News last Monday, a spokesperson for Achill GAA said ‘we accept mistakes can happen but we are hopeful that common sense will prevail and we will get a fair outcome’.
The Achill objection is likely to be examined by the members of the Competitions Control Committee of Mayo GAA Board, which is chaired by Seamus Tuohy, the vice chairman of the County Board.
The Mayo News understands that both Achill GAA club and/or Knockmore GAA club could appeal any subsequent findings against them to the Connacht GAA Council.
The three other Mayo Junior football championship quarter-finals will go ahead this weekend. Mayo GAA have proposed that the semi-finals will take place on the weekend of September 21/22 and have the County Final provisionally pencilled in for the weekend of October 12/13.

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