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Bookie BoyleSports pays out twice after Meath Antrim hurling final score row

By Declan Bogue

A bookmaker has taken the unusual step of paying out twice on the hotly contested result of an extraordinary hurling final over the weekend.

Meath were awarded the coveted Christy Ring Cup on Saturday following an apparent score mix-up.

Match officials deemed Meath the winners by a point over furious Antrim, who believed they had drawn the game.

Antrim's protests were backed up by commentators and reporters covering the game, all of whom had recorded the outcome as a draw.

The true result of the controversial final will now be decided by the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee tomorrow. The final score noted by the match officials was 2-18 to 1-20, seeing Meath beat Antrim by one point.

However, the drawn score has now been backed by referee John O'Brien.

It is believed a scoreboard error during the game mistakenly awarded a Saffrons' score to the Royals.

The final is now likely to be replayed if GAA chiefs study a copy of the match DVD.

As a result of the confusion, bookmaker BoyleSports has decided to pay out on both Meath to win and the drawn result as a show of good faith to its customers.

Aoife Heffron of BoyleSports commented: "The Christy Ring Cup final score may be up for review on Tuesday as the match incorrectly ended in Meath holding the one-point lead, not a draw, but to assure customers of any confusion we have paid out on both Meath to win and a Meath v Antrim draw as the final result of the match.

"Hopefully, it might give punters some solace as they await the official ruling from the CCCC on Tuesday."

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