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Monday 18 December 2017

Denton saves the day!

COUNTY CHAIRMAN, Diarmuid Devereux, was cast in an unusual role on Saturday afternoon as he tried to save the Intermediate 'A' football championship final replay.

Both teams, St. Fintan's and Naomh Eanna (Gorey), had taken to the pitch and were continuing their warm-ups as the clock ticked beyond the 2 p.m. start.

But the sides were unaware that there was no man in black as the appointed referee, Pat Kehoe (Rathgarogue-Cushinstown), and his umpires were not there to take charge of the game.

For a short period it looked as if the quite large crowd were going to be deprived of a game.

Following a torturous few minutes, the Chairman deployed linesman John Denton to take up the whistle. Denton is a long-serving referee, who performed at inter-county hurling level for many years, taking charge of leading provincial and All-Ireland series games.

And the Faythe Harriers clubman went on to officiate with real efficiency. Denton, at the age of 65 years, may now go into the record books as one of the oldest referees to handle a county final in Wexford.

Only three yellow cards were brandished during the course of the 60 minutes as St. Fintan's swept to success.

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