Oisin McConville has said the Kilmacud Crokes player issue had made the GAA look 'really amateurish'

Oisin McConville has said the Kilmacud Crokes player issue had made the GAA look 'really amateurish'

FORMER ARMAGH FOOTBALLER Oisin McConville has claimed that 16th player controversy involving Kilamcud Crokes and Glen in last week's All-Ireland club SFC final has made the GAA look 'really amateurish'.  

Kilmacud went onto to beat Glen from Derry in last Sunday's final, but the game was left with a sour taste as it was found that Kilmacud finished the game with 16 players, one more than the standard 15.  

Glen was beaten 1-11 to 1-9 but a video showed Kilmacud had 16 players in their massed defence at the finish as the Derry side chased a match-winning goal. 

An official objection was sent by Glen to the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee [CCCC] on Wednesday. 

Kilmacud had the option to counter object which they have now exercised and the outcome of that is still to be announced.  

The Crokes had until Saturday morning at 11:00 GMT to challenge Glen's objection and the GAA disciplinary body received the counter-objection late on Friday. 

The CCCC were expected meet on Saturday to discuss both objections. 

Dublin , Ireland - 22 January 2023; Dara Mullin of Kilmacud Crokes, 14, looks on during the closing seconds of the second half during the AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final match between Watty Graham's Glen of Derry and Kilmacud Crokes of Dublin at Croke Park in Dublin. (Photo By Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

 Speaking on The GAA Social podcast, McConville said, "It looks like amateur hour, doesn't it? That's not what we want," said the 2002 All-Ireland SFC winner. 

"People keep talking about the way the GAA is moving forward but, on this occasion, it looks really amateurish. 

"And I feel sorry for all parties, the referee. But you have to get ahead of it. The damage has been done. There will be no winners, regardless of what happens from here. 

"We need to get out in front of it and do the right thing. That's more important than following the rules." 

Meanwhile three Glen players who were part of that squad have been named in Derry's team for their Allianz Football League opener tomorrow. 

Conor Glass and Ethan Doherty start against Limerick tomorrow, while Conleth McGuckian is on the bench.