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Under-20s appeal rejected

An ugly skirmish broke out during the under-20 semi-final between Tyrone and Armagh.

TYRONE’S objection to the outcome of their Ulster Under-20 Championship semi-final defeat to Armagh was rejected by the Ulster Council last night.

The Red Hands lost a marathon affair, after two phases of extra-time, in the Athletic Grounds 2-22 to 0-24 but a superb match was overshadowed by an unseemly brawl.

The ugly skirmish, which arose deep in the last minute of the first phase of extra-time, resulted in two players from each side receiving straight red cards from Monaghan match official Niall McKenna.

There were understood to be several facets to Tyrone’s complaints. One part is based on the fact that Armagh weren’t reduced to thirteen men for the remaining few minutes of the first period of extra time(when they slotted a late equaliser to send the match to another 2x5min extra-time spell).

One of the dismissed Armagh players, midfielder Eoghan McDonnell had been substituted in the second half and was one of many squad members from each side to breach the field of play to get involved in the row.

Tyrone claimed that Armagh failed to withdraw one of their other players when McDonnell was sent-off and so enjoyed a numerical advantage for those dramatic closing stages when they scored the equaliser.

Tyrone also contended that both teams should not have been restored to 15-a-side for the second phase of extra-time as Central Council stipulates that Phase Two of extra-time is considered an ‘extention of the initial ‘extra-time provision rather than a new period of extra-time’.

Despite those contentions, Tyrone’s appeal was rejected by the Ulster Council.

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