FINUGE did not appeal Paul Galvin's red card.
A wise decision, because in the absence of video evidence exhonerating the former Kerry captain it's highly unlikely they would have got anywhere with it. All they would have got was a whole load of media scrutiny and headlines and above all else distraction from the task at hand and that's beating Cork kingpins St Vincents in Mallow on Sunday afternoon. It also gives Finuge's management and players the chance to adjust to their new circumstances.
Now they know for sure – and they know it early – they won't have their talisman on the field of play instead of holding out the hope that maybe, just maybe, the Munster Council authorities might give him a last minute reprieve. It's a small consolation but this is best possible way for them to go into this game under the circumstances.
It speaks to the professionalism and determination of this management team, this bunch of players and this set of club officials.
Still the fact remains they will go into a game with what our colleague Noel Horgan describes elsewhere on this page as the best side to emerge from the Rebel county at this grade since they last won it (in 2005 with Carbery Rangers) without their two best players.
That's got to hurt their chances and give the men from Cork a huge psychological boost. The worst thing they could do, however, is to think that this game is the bag for them because of Finuge's misfortunes.
Don't forget Mike Conway is an able replacement for Eamonn Fitzmaurice, even if he has been a long time out of football with his injuries. He did play a couple of impressive cameo roles in the county finals though and started the Munster semi-final against Pallasgreen in Bruff. That will bring on lot and will give him and James Flaherty a chance to reignite the parternship that fired Finuge to the 2010 county final with Gneeveguilla.
Paul Galvin has been playing at midfield for FInuge of late and, while you'd prefer to have him than not, it's not as if John Colbert and John Coleman doesn't have replacements. They've been boosted by the return to fitness of John McCarthy and Conor Galvin recently. As Colbert points out in an interview with this newspaper they do have options. Finuge will remain what they've been all year – a solid, quality football side.
They've still got Trevor McKenna and Maurice and Pat Corridan. They've still got John Griffin. They've still got plenty of quality all over the pitch. The thing is that mightn't be enough in a Munster final against an excellent Cork side.
On days like these you need a little bit of inspiration. You need Paul Galvin to storm into the game in the last ten minutes and save your bacon like he did in the drawn county final. You need Fitzmaurice to torment the full back and feed Flaherty quality ball.
Finuge will be competitive. You can be absolutely certain of that. We wouldn't be in the least bit surprised if they did manage to pull this off. The odds are stacked against them, however.
Verdict: St Vincents