'Rules are there for all to see'.
Byline: ORLA BANNON
THE Ulster Council has hit back at claims it 'disrespected' hurling by playing extra time in Sunday's AIB Ulster club hurling final.
Slaughtneil boss Michael McShane insisted council chiefs treated the small ball code as a 'second fiddle' after it finished level in the Athletic Grounds.
Instead of fixing a replay, an extra 20 minutes was played and it was Cushendall who triumphed by 1-24 to 3-17.
"It's an Ulster final, it's a prestigious game and we were shoved into a period of extra time," said McShane. "We hadn't been told that's the way it was.
"I do feel had it been a football final, would it have gone to extra time? I don't think so. Hurling always plays second fiddle and it was disrespected."
The prospect of extratime was flagged up in the Ulster Council fixtures list released last Monday, and provincial spokesman John Connolly insisted yesterday that both clubs had been notified.
"It was in the fixtures and both clubs were notified about it and that's the rule," he said. "That's the way it is now in all provincial club games.
"Whether it's football or hurling makes no difference. We don't make a distinction between them."
Reigning Ulster club football champions Slaughtneil have 13 dual players who must now prepare for a 14th Championship game in 12 weeks this Sunday, when they take onMonaghan champions Scotstown in an Ulster club SFC quarter-final.
Provision for extra time at all inter-club games was passed at a Special Congress since the last drawn Ulster club final in 2008 between Ballinderry and Crossmaglen.
A motion from Tipperary to annual congress this year to make extra time obligatory in all inter-club and inter-county games up to and including All-Ireland finals was heavily defeated.
ANGRY Slaughtneil boss McShane was disgusted