Glen will take time to consider their options after the GAA placed the ball in their court

By Michael McMullan

GLEN have confirmed they will take time to review their options regarding the outcome of Sunday’s All-Ireland Club final defeat at the hands of Kilmacud Crokes.

The Derry and Ulster champions went down by two points with Conor Glass having a late chance to win the game saved by Conor Ferris.

The finale was tinged in controversy with Kilmacud Crokes having 17 players on the field after substitutes Conor Casey and Tom Fox were introduced before Glen took the 45 from the Ferris save.

Dara Mullin, who caught the last Kerins O’Rahilly’s goal attempt in the same Hill 16 goalmouth in the Crokes’ semi-final win, remained on the goalline when Danny Tallon’s 45 was sent into the scoring zone leading to Conleth McGuckian’s last through of the dice.

Paul Mannion, also replaced, was still on the pitch but well away from the scoring area.

Speaking after the game, Glen manager Malachy O’Rourke said any consideration of an appeal would rest with the club but indicated it wasn’t something he felt they’d entertain.

O’Rourke revealed that Glen asked the fourth official for the 45 to be retaken, with the request not granted.

Speaking to Gaelic Life on Sunday night, Glen Chairman Barry Slowey said the club would “seek clarification” from the GAA before making any decision, one the committee would make with input from the management.

Gaelic Life contacted the GAA in Monday to ascertain if any decision had been made  or a statement was available on the matter.

No statement was available, but clarification was given that no objection had been lodged by Glen and that the club had until 3.30pm Wednesday – three days after the game’s throw-in time – to lodge any objection.

The club released a statement on their social media on Monday highlighting they were “extremely disappointed” and would take time to “ascertain” their next step.

“The GAA have reverted to us today to say that without an official objection from Watty Graham’s they will not review this matter,” the statement outlined.

“This is extremely disappointing for our club to be placed in this position and we must now take a short period of time to ascertain our stance going forward.”

Receive quality journalism wherever you are, on any device. Keep up to date from the comfort of your own home with a digital subscription.
Any time | Any place | Anywhere


Gaelic Life is published by North West of Ireland Printing & Publishing Company Limited, trading as North-West News Group.
Registered in Northern Ireland, No. R0000576. 10-14 John Street, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, N. Ireland, BT781DW