Donegal GAA officials have received a call to investigate last Sunday’s Division Three football relegation play-off between Carndonagh and Naomh Colmcille over claims that one of the teams used six substitutes.
The call has been made by Naomh Colmcille who lost the game, a result which has doomed them to Division Four football for the season ahead. Carndonagh won Sunday’s game 1-9 to 1-3 to secure their Division Three status.
However, the Newtowncunningham based club are now alleging that Carndonagh used six subs, one more than is permitted and they are calling on the Donegal CCC to investigate the matter.
“We are looking for an investigation into the matter because we feel that Carndonagh used a sixth sub and we have informed the CCC by email that we want the matter investigated,” club chairman James Dowds told the Democrat. He claims Carndonagh re-introduced a player late in the game that had earlier been substituted. This player, the chairman said, went into the defence and one of the defenders went back into goals to replace the goalkeeper.
The chairman also admitted afterwards that he spoke to the referee Kieran McShea who said he had only received substitute slips for five players.
This was also confirmed by Sean McGinley, secretary of the CCC who said that he had received the referee’s report and that it stated that Carndonagh had used only five subs.
Sean McGinley confirmed he received correspondence on the matter from Naomh Colmcille.
Meanwhile, CCC chairman Charlie Cannon speaking to the Democrat yesterday morning (Wednesday) said he was not aware of the call for the investigation. However, he said there is an executive meeting of the county committee planned for next Tuesday and if it was necessary, he would call a CCC meeting for the same night to investigate the matter.