The Tipperary hurlers loss has been to the gain of one man in particular as Fergal Horgan looks set to be named as referee for the upcoming All-Ireland hurling final between Waterford and Galway on September 3.
Horgan has been chosen ahead of Cork’s Colm Lyons to throw the ball in at Croke Park as Galway and Waterford meet at the final stage for the first ever time.
Horgan was in charge when Waterford faced Wexford at the quarter-final stage and will be remembered as the man who brandished a red card to Tadhg de Búrca.
Controversy also followed Horgan back in 2014 when he infamously disallowed point that was clearly over the bar having called for Hawkeye when Limerick faced Galway in the All-Ireland minor semi-final.
Horgan has been refereeing for the last seven years. In 2011, he was named on the Munster referee’s panel and he started patrolling the intercounty pitches in 2014.
Check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, where we heard from Derek McGrath as Waterford reached the All-Ireland final.