Former Antrim manager Michael Culbert hopes that Maggie Farrelly’s achievement of refereeing a senior men's football game will inspire other women to take up the whistle.

Farrelly, from Cavan, took charge of the McKenna Cup game between Fermanagh and St Mary’s on Wednesday night.

Culbert told RTÉ Sport: “Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come. There’s was no doubt about it last night about who was in charge, handing out four cards.

“I would imagine a lot more women would be taking [the] lead from what Maggie has done and it’s about time the GAA was open fully to women.”

Farrelly was a sideline official for the Ulster senior club championship meeting of St Gall's and Tempo Maguires back in 2012.

She became the first female to take charge of an inter-county game last year when she oversaw an Ulster minor championship tie between Fermanagh and Antrim.