The Ulster Council has made it clear that extra-time will be played in all Ulster Club Championship matches up until the final.
There appeared to be confusion at the end of normal time in Sunday’s Cavan Gaels v St Galls preliminary round fixture and it was after Fermanagh referee Mark Higgins signalled that there would indeed be extra-time that the wheels came off the home team wagon when they finished with just twelve players.
Eamon Reilly had been red-carded in normal time and while he returned for extra-time, Anthony Forde, Nicholas Walsh and Karl Crotty all exited in that period after two yellow cards.
Now Ulster Council secretary Danny Murphy, who was an observer at Sunday’s game, has reiterated that extra-time will be played in all Ulster Club games.
“This was made very clear before the current competition got under way. No-one should be in any doubt,” said Murphy.
St Galls will now meet newly-crowned Armagh champions Pearse Og in the quarter-finals on Sunday week at Casement Park in what is a hectic period for the west-Belfast side.
They are due to meet Lisbellaw in the semi-final of the Ulster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh tonight (7.30) when upwards on seven players who helped to earn that victory over Cavan Gaels will again be in action.
St Galls manager Lenny Harbinson said: “We had to come through a very hard battle against an experienced and very hungry Cavan side.
“Now some of the lads have got to go out and play in a hurling semi-final and if they win, they will find themselves involved in the final next weekend. The weekend after that we must play Pearse Og so there is not really a great deal of recovery time.”
In the other Ulster Club football quarter-finals, Derry champions Loup will meet Fermanagh title-holders Derrygonnelly, Monaghan champions Clontibret face Tyrone kingpins Dromore and Down representatives Kilcoo will take on Donegal standard-bearers St Eunan’s.