There was a very contentious moment at the end of the first half of the first All Ireland Football semi-final after Galway had a legitimate point against Derry which was ruled out by Hawkeye.
The Tribesmen went into the break 4-0, 3-0 after a low-goal first half, but they should have been level after a 45 from Shane Walsh in injury time.
Walsh’s try seemed to curl into the post and the referee waved the white flag – but a moment later referee Brendan Cawley was alerted to a Hawkeye check that showed the ball going wide.
However, replays showed Walsh’s strike was clearly between the posts. At half-time, after the officials were made aware of the technical error, the score was corrected and the game continued 0-4 to 0-4.
However, the controversy will continue and Pat Spillane didn’t hold back as he spoke to RTÉ.
“This is an absolute joke,” he said.
“We saw with our own eyes that it went between the posts. It was definitely a point. Hawkeye is available in some counties in Ireland, they are paid huge bucks to get things right. That’s wrong. When justice is seen – and it must be – the goal line must be rectified by the referee.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/an-absolute-joke-hawkeye-controversy-at-croke-park-as-galway-have-legitimate-point-ruled-out-41827550.html ‘An absolute joke’ – Hawkeye controversy at Croke Park as Galway ruled out legitimate point