Giles calls for replay

July 12, 2010
Trevor Giles has called on the CCCC to replay yesterday's controversial Leinster SFC final between Meath and Louth.

Writing in the Irish Examiner, the Royal County legend admitted that Meath's last-gasp winning goal should have been disallowed and claimed the victory won't do Eamonn O'Brien's side "any favours".

"Louth had a corner forward called Judge but they got little justice at Croke Park yesterday. It was Meath who got out of jail," Giles said.

"After a brilliant block by Louth captain Paddy Keenan to deny Seamus Kenny a certain goal, Joe Sheridan showed great desire in winning the ball and was trying to score a goal, but carried the ball over the line which, in my view, was a foul.

"A free-out should have been awarded to Louth and with time up the final whistle should have been blown giving Louth a one-point victory. The referee only seemed to consult with one umpire and not for long either.

"If I were the CCCC, I would unhesitatingly offer Louth a replay next weekend. I seem to remember Laois and Carlow replaying a few years ago over a point that wasn't.

"If this victory stands, it won't do Meath any favours because there will always be a question mark over the result. They have definitely improved since last year and the win over Dublin was a big step in their development. The next step is to win a provincial title, but not in this manner."


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