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Controversial Irish Cup goal sparks huge debate on if it should have stood

The Armagh City players were very unhappy that this was allow to stand

Yesterday’s Irish Cup game between Armagh City and Glenavon featured a moment of serious contention that has to be seen to be believed.

Having kept the side from the division above them off the scoresheet for the first half hour, Championship outfit Armagh were stunned that the referee allowed a strike from Glenavon’s James Gray to stand.

The goal came in controversial circumstances just after Armagh goalkeeper John Connolly claimed a ball into the area well. As he walked out to the edge of the area to kick the ball out, Glenavon’s Rhys Marshall appeared to knock the ball from his grasp.

Everybody except Gray stopped expecting ref Arnold Hunter to award a free, but the Glenavon striker didn’t hesitate to round Connolly to score the opener. Armagh protests fell on deaf ears and the goal was somehow given.

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Glenavon would go on to win the game 2-0 and advance to a quarter final meeting with fellow Premiership side Portadown.

Speaking after the game Connolly told BBC Sport the referee had admitted his mistake to him after the contest.

“For a game like that to be changed in that way, well I have to be careful about what I say, but it was shocking,” said Connolly.

“The referee has admitted he got it wrong. It is hard to take, but what can you do. We were well in the game, it was close.”

Should the goal have been given? Decide for yourself by watching the incident below:

What do you think?