Rules mean just a single individual will make call on Newry v Larne
Newry City and Larne’s Irish Cup fate is set to rest in the hands of one man.
Referee Raymond Crangle abandoned Saturday’s fifth round tie in the midst of ugly scenes as players brawled on the pitch after a second Larne player was sent-off.
Newry led 2-1 when proceedings were brought to an end eight minutes early. That means a decision is required on how the Irish Cup progresses.
And it will be Billy McIlroy, the chairman of the IFA’s Intermediate Committee, who will make that call.
He is likely to be handed the responsibility for deciding whether the result stands as a 2-1 victory to Newry or a replay is demanded to decide who faces Loughall in round six.
The other members of the seven-man Challenge Cup committee are all connected to Premiership teams who are all still in the competition and therefore can’t make a decision on the abandoned game because of conflicts of interest — a reflection of the imbalance of the committee’s make-up in dealing with such issues.
That leaves McIlroy as the only man eligible to make a judgement on a match that decended into chaos.
The Disciplinary Committee will first deal with the on-pitch offences as laid down in the referee’s report before passing the matter over to the Challenge Cup committee.