Stand-off: All-Ireland final off, as UL and LIT dramatically turn up in different venues

Jerome O'Connell

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Jerome O'Connell

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Stand-off: All-Ireland final off, as UL and LIT dramatically turn up in different venues

LIT in Moylish and UL in Mary Immaculate grounds and - both warming for the All-Ireland Final!

DRAMA this Wednesday afternoon as UL and LIT took to the playing field in different Limerick city venues for the All-Ireland Freshers Hurling Final!

LIT took the field in their home ground in Moylish while across the city, UL took the field in the sportsgrounds in Mary Immaculate College.

The first ever meeting of the Limerick rivals in this Higher Education First Year Hurling Championship was set for a 4.30pm throw-in with Cork referee Cathal McAllister the official in charge.

McAllister and a fully togged out LIT took the field in Moylish but there was no show from UL, who took the field fully togged out across the city.

Almost 15-minutes after the throw-in time, the match official, his linesmen and umpires departed the field, as did the LIT team.

There was no trophy presented.

The referee now submits a report to the CCC in Croke Park and they will determine what happens next.

This Monday the all-Limerick final was confirmed to take place in Mary Immaculate College - a fixture that appeared on the Higher Education GAA website.

By Tuesday the fixture had changed to the LIT grounds in Moylish.

It appears a CCC meeting on Monday night deemed Mary Immaculate College unsuitable to host the All-Ireland final and instead the same meeting tossed a coin to award home advantage to one of the sides.

Therefore by Tuesday afternoon the final was confirmed for the home grounds of LIT.

UL took issue and kept to the original fixture.