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Quite rightly, it's all or nothing when it comes to Hawk-Eye

Declan Bogue

Naturally, the first casualty of war is the truth.

The same goes for rows in the GAA or the broader GAA family. In this instance there is an argument over the phantom point by Carla Rowe that was incorrectly waved wide in the 22nd minute of the All-Ireland ladies' final, which ultimately cost Dublin the title.

Let's call it as it is - that game was a draw. It is slightly disappointing that moments after the final whistle, Cork manager Ephie Fitzgerald ruled out any prospect of a replay. And so Dublin ladies, having drawn the All-Ireland final in all but the scoreboard, have to walk away from fair play and read headlines suggesting they 'suck it up'.

It is a most unfair situation.

Understandably, their manager Gregory McGonigle was fuming. We don't like to highlight it, but this is the fifth time in six years he has been the losing manager on All-Ireland final day and there was a sense that this was the year that Dublin had the players, and there was a slight wobble in Cork under a new boss playing a different brand of football.

McGonigle lashed out at the wrong target though, stating that ladies' Gaelic football does not get enough respect, and that if it was an issue of cost that they didn't have the use of Hawk-Eye for the game, it should have been dealt with.

The uncomfortable truth of course is that the Ladies' Gaelic Football Association had already voted on their stance towards Hawk-Eye. They went against it on the grounds that if it wasn't going to be used in all games, then they didn't want it at all.

And that's the correct stance too. No game should be played under different rules to others in the same competition.

But in the end the GAA got the lash for a perceived lack of respect, and not only from a rightly-aggrieved manager.

They won't hold their breath looking for apologies.

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