Christy Ring Cup final: GAA postpone date of controversial replay

Meath's Joey Keena challenges Antrim's Neal McAuley at Croke Park last weekend
Meath thought they had shocked Antrim to lift their first Christy Ring Cup title

The GAA have postponed the Christy Ring Cup final replay between Antrim and Meath until Saturday 25 June.

The referee miscalculated the score in last week's game and the GAA ordered a replay to take place in Newry on Saturday 11 June.

Meath requested a delay due to player welfare and the GAA have agreed due to the 'unique circumstances' as the score fiasco rumbles on.

The game will now be played in Croke Park on 25 June at 17:00.

Meath were presented with the trophy last Saturday after Tipperary referee John O'Brien calculated that they had won by a point, 2-18 to 1-20.

However, it quickly became apparent that the correct score in the second-tier hurling final was 2-17 to 1-20.

Meath 'not in right frame of mind' for replay

Antrim had called for a replay after a result which saw the Saffrons missing out on a return to hurling's top tier.

The GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee discussed the issue on Tuesday morning and came to the decision that ordering a replay was the only option.

Meath hurling manager Martin Ennis had warned the team may not fulfil Saturday's Christy Ring Cup final replay as three squad members travel to the US this week.

"As a management team we are firmly against playing a replay to a game we have already won, collected the cup and celebrated," Ennis told the Meath Chronicle newspaper.

Meath's suggestions that the replay take place on 18 June was dismissed by Antrim who are due to face Derry in the Ulster Senior Hurling Championship on 19 June.

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