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CAREW RELAXED OVER SLIGO 'BLOOD SUB'.

Byline: DECLAN ROONEY

HOPES are fading in Antrim that they will be granted a replay of their Round 1A qualifier with Sligo due to too many subs being used.

Sligo introduced seven subs during their 0-22 to 3-7 win over Antrim at Markevicz Park on Saturday evening, but one of the seven was a blood substitution when Mark Breheny was replaced by Kyle Cawley after 44 minutes. Antrim's Jack Dowling received a red card for the same incident.

According to a Sligo manager Niall Carew (left) everything was above board in Sligo's substitutions and he is confident they can continue without censure into Round 2A of the qualifiers, where they were pitted against Meath in yesterday's draw.

"Mark's substitution was a blood sub. All paper work was done as per the rules," said Carew. A spokesperson for the GAA's referees also confirmed Carew's version of events and said Breheny's blood substitution had been recorded in the official referee's report of referee Fergal Kelly.

Last year Armagh were granted a replay following their qualifier defeat to Laois when Laois introduced a seventh substitution in the final minute of their qualifier game in Portlaoise. On that occasion the final change was not for a blood injury - it was for a black card - and the game had to be replayed.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jun 20, 2017
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