IN a refreshing move in the current climate, St Patrick's have opted not to pursue an appeal against Leinster Council's decision to strip them of home advantage for Sunday's Leinster Club Senior Championship clash with Sarsfields (Newbridge 2.30pm).
Having observed Monaghan successfully appeal a similar sanction to the DRA earlier in the year, the Louth champions might well have had a strong case, however, the club has decided not to go the nuclear route and concentrate on the matter in hand.
The club were stripped of home advantage for one Leinster game last year following a fractious clash in Portaloise, but although they played away against Rhode in the last round this term, that fixture was deemed an 'away' draw by Leinster Council.
In a statement issued over the weekend, the club hinted that the distraction of a high-profile appeal could count against them.
'We realise fully that there is an appeals process available to us in relation to the decision of Leinster Council,' the statement read. ' However, we have decided not to avail of that process and we reluctantly accept the adjudication of Leinster Council.
'We realise that by choosing to do so what was an already very difficult fixture will become significantly more difficult. However, having considered all our options, we believe our decision is in the best interests of our players as they prepare for our fixture against Sarsfields. We now consider the matter to be closed.'
At the very least an appeal might have been successful in having the game moved to a neutral venue, but as it stands Fergal Reel's men must storm the lion's den if they are to advance to the semi-finals. While St Conleth's Park is not strictly their host's 'home' ground, the Sarsfields club is based in Newbridge town.
Managed by former Kildare fullback and manager, John Crofton, 'The Sash' ended a seven-year drought to lift the Kildare Championship at the town centre venue three weeks ago, with current Kildare panelist, Alan Smith, kicking four points in a 2-11 to 0-11 victory over Carbury.
Fellow county man, Gary White will line out at midfield for the Kildare champs, but their best-known player Dermot Earley is unlikely to play any part in the game, having undergone a knee operation last month, which caused him to miss the county final win.
Fergal Reel has no serious injury concerns ahead of the clash, with just a few 'niggles' emerging from an impressive win over Rhode in Tullamore.