Sligo rugby’s objection to semi-final result unsuccessful

Sligo Rugby Club’s objection to the outcome of last Saturday’s All-Ireland League Division 2 promotion semi-final in Limerick has been unsuccessful.

The Hamilton Park club formally submitted a written objection to the IRFU on Tuesday in relation to the finish in Annacotty last Saturday which saw UL Bohemians edge past Sligo by 13 points to 12.

Sligo’s objection was on the basis that the match referee restarted the game moments after blowing the final whistle.

When the final whistle was intially blown, Sligo were ahead 12-11, UL Bohs having missed a conversion attempt with what appeared to be the last kick of the match.

However after the consulting with a touch-judge, the ref order the conversion to be taken again – and this time UL Bohs place kicker Harry Byrne converted the kick to give his side a one-point win.

The IRFU’s National Competitions Committee met on Tuesday evening to consider the appeal.

While it’s understood there was some support for granting a replay, the committee’s final decision was to allow the result stand, wit UL Bohemian declared the winner.

They now prepare for a winner-takes-all Divsion 2 promotion/relegation final against Galway Corinthians this Saturday afternoon.