While disappointed that Offaly let a two-goal slip against Antrim to miss out on a place in the Division 2A hurling league final, former player Brian Carroll was also keen to bring up the question of time keeping in the GAA.

And while six minutes of injury time went up on the board at Bord na Móna O'Connor Park, eight minutes was played, enough time for the Saffrons to get a levelling score.

Speaking on Morning Ireland, O'Carroll said: "I just don't think we are helping referees in general by still having them in control of time keeping.

"Six minutes were indicated and most people at the game expected it to be over after six minutes. But as we know the referee is the man in control and he deemed time need to be added on due to injuries, substitutions or for whatever reason.

"The vast majority of people leaving O'Connor Park were irate.

Indeed, the former Faithful star feels that "there is a sense that we're playing almost for a draw; to give them an extra chance" when it comes to tight finishes in games.

"We all know that to learn about the speed of the game you have to be in Division 1"

That, he adds, leads to "a massive sense of frustration" for supporters, while concluding that the "clock which works so well in women's football should be trialed in next year's league."

As for Offaly having to endure another season in 2A in 2021, O'Carroll spoke about the harsh lessen that players will have to learn in the wake of not sealing a divisional final berth.

"It's a huge blow to be honest with you as we've all been taught to play to the final whistle and so it's a harsh lessen for those Offaly players," he said.

"It's a huge blow to be honest with you. Offaly need to be playing in Division 1. We see how much it has hampered them this year. It seems to be one bad luck story after another for Offaly over the last couple of years.

"I can understand Michael Duignan's frustration straight after the game because he's the sort of man that wears his heart on his sleeve.

"They have Michael Fennelly and Johnny Kelly over them. It would have been good for their progression to get up to Division 1. We all know that to learn about the speed of the game you have to be in Division 1."