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GAA | Meath and Longford make history in the dark

"Maniac 2000, stepping up here"... Watch Mark McCabe make history in Navan on Sunday, courtesy of @WeareSportego & @MeathGAA TV #RTEGAA — RTÉ GAA (@RTEgaa) January 15, 2018 The rule was passed by Congress last September, and will be in place for this year's League and Championship. It's certainly an exciting and tense way to decide a match, and will help ease fixture congestion and complications by decreasing the amount of replays this year. "It was exciting," Meath boss Andy McEntee conceded afterwards. "I spoke to a few people afterwards and they seemed to enjoy how it finished, probably more than I did. "It's tough, if you're after playing 70 minutes, plus 20 minutes of extra-time, and then you're asked to kick it that distance like, I didn't realise it was a 50-yard free. There was a bit of a breeze behind, but a 50-yard free-kick is a fair effort if you've just played 90 minutes. "But look, in a competition like that, when the final has to be played next weekend, what's wrong with it?" Meath will now face their rivals and neighbours Westmeath - who beat Offaly by 1-9 to 1-7 in the other semi-final. The decider will take place in Port Laois next Sunday at 4pm.
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