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Brian Cody refuses to comment on free that saw Galway secure an All-Ireland final replay with Kilkenny

Updated: Monday, 10 Sep 2012 11:46 | Comments

Brian Cody was initially upset by the injury-time call
Brian Cody was initially upset by the injury-time call

Brian Cody has refused to be drawn into the debate about the free that allowed Joe Canning the opportunity to earn Galway an All-Ireland Hurling Championship replay in three weeks.

The Kilkenny boss was clearly incensed by the decision of referee Barry Kelly as Davy Glennon was infringed and Canning slotted the stoppage-time free over the bar.

Cody exchanged views with counterpart Anthony Cunningham about the incident but told RTÉ Radio he would not dwell on the matter: "I’m not going to get involved with it.

"The game is over. I’m sure there are several instances frees if you like that were given or not given during the game that several people at that match thought were right or thought were wrong.

"That is a personal opinion. I don’t referee the game. I’m not considered to be a very good referee, for some reason, Barry Kelly is and that is fine."

A first drawn final in 53 years was the outcome of a gripping game in Croke Park and there are now three weeks for Cody’s men to regroup and try to oust the Tribesmen in what will be a third attempt this year.

Cody admitted today’s result and the long build-up to the replay is something even a manager of his experience is not used to.

"At the end of the day it ended in a draw which i suppose is very unusual seeing i think since 1959 there hasn’t been a draw in the All-Ireland final.

"I’m not considered to be a very good referee - for some reason, Barry Kelly is and that is fine" - Brian Cody

"To make it even stranger the minor final ended in a draw so certainly the spectators got value for money I would imagine.

"Obviously (the replay) is a long time away. Normally you have a draw in a game like that and you would be getting ready for a replay maybe the following week or the very most two weeks.

"Three weeks is a long time. But I’d be happy to wait six months for an All-Ireland final. It is worth waiting for. We’ll certainly take it on."

Henry Shefflin had the chance to give Kilkenny a three-point advantage when the Cats were awarded a penalty for a foul by goalkeeper James Skehill on Eoin Larkin.

Shefflin opted for a point and Galway came back to level, but Cody has no issue with the decision of his player and left the matter entirely with the Ballyhale Shamrocks man.

"I gave him no advice. I had no idea what he should do. I shrugged my shoulders and said do whatever you like, as I always do with Henry because he knows himself if he wants to have a go or if he doesn’t want to have a go.

"If he had gone (for a goal) and it has been saved, he’d be completely wrong in everyone’s head but if he scored he’d be an absolute genius. He put a point on the scoreboard and it was an important score."

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