Monasterevin claims leave championship in disarray
Published 07/09/2011 | 05:00
Kildare club Monasterevin were locked in talks with the county's hearings committee last night over a strange anomaly that has thrown the local intermediate championship into chaos.
Monasterevin are disputing the final standings of a league table that excludes them from the intermediate quarter-finals on score difference.
They have appealed against the status of the league table because they believe it should have them two points better off in scoring difference, which counts because they finished level on points with Eadestown in eighth place.
If it was amended according to Monasterevin's claims, they would then be level with Eadestown with a neutral scoring difference but would qualify ahead of Eadestown on superior points scored, the next criteria used. Eadestown are to play Kill in a quarter-final on Sunday.
Monasterevin are adamant that a scoreline from their second-round game against Castledermott on August 13 was recorded wrongly by Athy referee Des Coyle in his match report. Coyle noted the score as being 1-9 to 0-10 in Monasterevin's favour, but Monasterevin claim it should have been 1-10 to 0-9. And Castledermott are backing Monasterevin's claim.
Monasterevin claim that they informed the county board of the mistake on the Monday after the game and that league tables sent out that week reflected what they believed to be the correct score of the game. But the table curiously reverted back to including the original result in the referee's report and that eventually saw Monasterevin edged out of the championship.
"When we saw that the league tables had been rectified in the week after the game our assumption was that this issue was sorted," said Monasterevin club chairman John Forde. "We feel this matter must be discussed as soon as possible if the championship is to proceed. If it isn't, this is something that we would feel we would have to follow through on."
County board chairman John McMahon confirmed that as far as the county board was concerned, the result of the match in question was 1-9 to 0-10 and that the finalised league tables that were published were correct.
Meanwhile, Aidan O'Rourke has, as expected, linked up with Down manager James McCartan for the coming year. O'Rourke quit as Kieran McGeeney's assistant in Kildare last month, citing travel and time away from his family as the only reasons for his departure.
O'Rourke works in Queens University and lives near Newry so the convenience of a role with Down was appealing.
McGeeney is expected to confirm soon that he is continuing on as Kildare manager into his second year of a second three-year agreement despite O'Rourke's departure.