If All Ireland Final Replay Ends In Stalemate Another Replay Will Be Required
Dublin and Kerry meet in the All Ireland Final replay on Saturday week after the sides drew their first meeting, but what happens if it’s a similar stalemate the next day out.
Well one thing is for certain a penalty shootout won’t be used to decide who wins the Sam Maguire Cup, so if the sides are level at the end of the next game then another replay will be required which would take place on Saturday the 28th of September.
The ‘Winner on the day‘ regulation doesn’t apply to All Ireland senior finals so in theory this year’s final could turn into a long running saga between Dublin and Kerry if the sides are level after normal and extra-time on Saturday week. And if that were to happen it will effect the club championships in both counties.
The GAA have confirmed that if the All Ireland replay is level after 70 minutes then two periods of ten minutes will be played, if it’s still a stalemate after that then another replay will be required.
That will take place on Saturday the 28th of September, the two week break is required to give enough time to allow the distribution of tickets. If a second replay is required and that also finishes level then it will run to a fourth game.
If it got to that stage it would test the nerves and emotions of players, management and supporters and also the wallets of fans.
It’s highly unlikely it would get to that stage and despite a below par showing from Dublin last Sunday they are still favorites with the bookies to complete the five in a row.
But sport is a peculiar animal and likes nothing better than throwing a curve ball, those who remember the 91’ saga between Dublin will testify to that.
But there have been only four All Ireland finals drawn in the last 30 years, Meath v Cork (1988), Meath v Mayo (1996), Kerry v Galway (2000) and Dublin v Mayo (2016) it took just the one replay to secure a winner and the odds it will be the same on Saturday week.