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Conor McManus absence too big a loss for Monaghan

By John Campbell

Monaghan might have known it was not to be their day in Division One against Mayo yesterday when ace marksman Conor McManus withdrew from their side to be replaced by Owen Duffy.

And when Stephen Gollogly and Ryan Wylie were shown red cards and Aidan O'Shea, Alan Freeman and Mikey Sweeney grabbed goals for Mayo, the westerners proved good value for their handsome 3-15 to 0-11 victory at Castlebar.

In hurling, Derry maintained their unbeaten Division 2A run by beating London by 1-10 to 1-9 with Liam Hinphey getting their goal.

At Congress, several motions aimed at further streamlining both the playing and structure of football and hurling were passed.

Only the goalkeeper will now be able to defend a penalty in hurling, Hawkeye will be a permanent feature at Croke Park and other leading grounds to eliminate score controversies, managers of inter-county teams must register their 26-man panels for week-end games by 9am on Thursday mornings and yellow cards will no longer carry over into extra-time.

But it failed to ratify the introduction of extra-time in all major championship matches.

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