Anthony Daly has sympathised with the Meath hurlers but makes Antrim favourites to emerge victorious in Saturday's Christy Ring Cup final replay.

Following a meeting of the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee today, the game has been fixed for Páirc Esler in Newry (7pm)

After last Saturday's final at Croke Park, referee John O'Brien admitted that he had tallied the scoreline wrong, giving the Royals a one-point victory by 2-18 to 1-20, but it emerged that the actual scoreline was 2-17 to 1-20 - a draw.

Speaking to 2fm’s Game On programme, Daly felt that the CCCC had little alternative once the match official admitted he had the incorrect final score.

“I suppose they had no option really once the referee was willing to say he made a mistake in his report,” he said.

“When you actually look back at the match, their hand was forced a little bit. They had to step in and admit an injustice had been done to Antrim.”

“It’s very, very tough, especially on the Meath players"

The replay will not only decide the Christy Ring winner, but also which team gets promoted to next year's Leinster Hurling Championship. 

Antrim entered the first match as 1/6 favourites, but after Meath’s celebrations and rumours of player departures to the US, the RTÉ GAA analyst has a huge degree of sympathy for the Royals and says the advantage is now with the Ulster side.

“It’s very, very tough, especially on the Meath players," said Daly.

“For James Toher, who was an outstanding captain on the day, to go up and accept the cup and I thought made a superb speech... Seán Quigley grabbed a fairytale 1-01.

“They haven’t given them much time to recover and a bit of celebrating has taken place.

“I would imagine it’s advantage Antrim for the replay, but maybe the Meath lads can channel it. They might try and circle the wagons and bring a bit of a siege mentality into it.”

GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghaíl had earlier rejected the proposal that the two teams could make the step up to the Leinster hurling championship in 2017.

"If the game ended in a draw, there is only one action they can take. That is not an option," he told RTÉ Sport.