HARPS HOPING FOR GREEN LIGHT TO PLAY IN ALL-IRELAND SEMI FINAL

14 November 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

BY KEVIN CARNEY

The Monaghan Harps ladies football fraternity will know today (Thursday) whether they are still part of the race to claim the 2014 All-Ireland club IFC title.

At the time of going to print, the Central Council of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association was deliberating on a controversy which has engaged gaels in counties Monaghan and Donegal over the past couple of weeks. Delegates from all around the country were due to gather at Croke last night (Wednesday) to rule on an appeal lodged by Donegal champions Four Masters against the Ulster Council’s decision to award the Ulster club IFC title to the Harps after deliberating on the report of the referee in charge of the teams’ provincial final clash at Brewster Park, Enniskillen on November 2nd last.

The referee in charge had initially declared the Ulster final to have finished 2-6 to 1-6 in Four Masters’ favour but following protestations from the Harps’ camp immediately after the final whistle, Ulster Ladies’ President Joe Lagan ruled that the game be recorded as having finished in a draw, 1-8 to 2-5.

The provincial council met on the Tuesday night following the final and after their examination of the referee’s report and their deliberations – in the agreed absence of the Monaghan and Donegal delegates – on the issue, the council decided that the game would be awarded to the Harps.

As is their entitlement, the Four Masters club duly used a period of five days grace to launch an appeal against the Ulster Council’s decision to award the game to their opponents, lodging an appeal to the LGFA’s Central Council.

Monaghan Harps issued a statement last week to the Northern Standard, part of which detailed the sequence and timing of the scores in the …

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