Saturday 25 March 2017

Connacht final called off as Mayo clubs appeal withdrawal

THE row that led to the withdrawal of Mayo's ladies footballers from the senior championship has taken a new twist, with the indefinite postponement of the Connacht final, which was scheduled to be played on Sunday.

Galway and Sligo were finalising their preparations for the provincial decider but an appeal submitted by Mayo clubs means that they must await a decision from Croke Park before knowing when they will finally get to play, or whether the championship will have to recommence with the involvement of Mayo.

The Mayo County Board withdrew the team from the Connacht and All-Ireland championships in May, having been unable to appoint a successor to former manager Pat Costello, who resigned in April.

undermining

Costello claimed that a number of players had been undermining him, though that charge has been furiously rejected by spokespersons for the panel.

Star forward Cora Staunton revealed that the players met after suffering a 19-point mauling to Cork and presented a list of 15 points to Costello, only three of which referred to management.

The board refused to allow the panel to train without a manager, citing insurance issues, and eventually took the decision to pull the team out of the championship.

"It is with regret that the Connacht Ladies Senior Football Championship final between Sligo and Galway is postponed until further notice," said Connacht secretary Ita Hannon yesterday.

"An appeal has been put in by the Mayo clubs and we'll just have to wait and see what happens now."

Irish Independent

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