St Brigids v Corofin venue was a problem

Updated: November 29, 2011

The Connacht council is to discuss whether future provincial finals should be held at the home ground of either team.

The discussion comes in the aftermath of the controversial AIB Connacht Final clash between St Brigid’s of Rosccomon and losing Galway side Corofin on Sunday, 20 November.

The match was held in St Brigid’s home ground of Kiltoom and there were ugly scenes afterwards as travelling supporters from Corofin jostled referee Liam Devenney and his officials. Gardai had to escort them from the pitch.

Devenney gave out 13 yellow cards, whistled for a high volume of frees, and disallowed a Corofin goal early on.

St Brigid’s eventually won by 0-11 to 0-10.

The council will also discuss disciplinary measures arising from the match at the Wednesday meeting.

Connacht secretary John Prenty has said: “There is always a review of provincial finals independent of any disciplinary considerations. That review will include the venue and whether it’s advisable to hold finals at a home venue of one of the teams involved.

“I’d have to say though that we have done this in the past without any difficulties. Corofin won a final against Charlestown at their ground. Ballina hosted a final (2004 against Killererin). I’m not sure that the venue was the problem but we may look at that in the future.

“We’ll be dealing with what happened on Wednesday and hope to finalise what we’re doing then.”

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