Friday 20 October 2017

Donegal ask for hearing after McGee hit with one-match ban

Donegal's Neil McGee (SPORTSFILE)
Donegal's Neil McGee (SPORTSFILE)
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Donegal have submitted a request for a hearing for full-back Neil McGee.

The Central Competitions Controls Committee (CCCC) proposed a one-game suspension for McGee, who was cited for a category 3 infraction during last Sunday's ill-tempered clash with Kerry in Tralee.

McGee was involved in an incident with Kerry's Alan Fitzgerald which saw the Kingdom forward dismissed on a straight red card.

Donegal and Kerry were both hit with €7,500 fines and Kingdom manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has called on his side to show their discipline when they head to Mayo this weekend.

"Sometimes matches can take on a life of their own and the match last Sunday was a match that took on a life of its own, but we're moving on," said the Kerry boss.

"We have to be disciplined now this weekend against Mayo. I think, looking back, Kerry never raised a hand at any stage, the scenes weren't great but at the same time I think there seems to have been an awful lot made out of it."

Battle

"We knew it was going to be a battle, any of the games in Division One are going to be a battle. We were expecting a battle, we knew that it wasn't going to be like shooting fish in a barrel, we knew it was going to be a tough battle and that's the way it turned out."

Kerry have secured victory in their last two games but haven't won in Castlebar since 2011.

And having collected their first two points of the campaign in Clones against Monaghan last weekend, Fitzmaurice is expecting a confident Mayo side to show up tomorrow.

"I would imagine Mayo would be fancying their chances against us on Sunday as we haven't won up there since 2011," he explained.

"Even though they got off to a bad start in the league against Cork, where they didn't play well on that day, their games against both Dublin and against Donegal, before they beat Monaghan last weekend, they actually played quite well in those two losses. They were unlucky not to get something out of both games.

"You knew that Mayo were coming and you knew that it was only a matter of time before they were going to win a game. It's a big game absolutely and we don't have a good record up there, there are two valuable points on the line on Sunday for both teams."

And Fitzmaurice is expecting plenty of ups and downs before the final league placings are decided.

"The fact is that every team in Division One can beat every other team and there are always going to be surprises when teams take points off each other.

"So I'm sure there will be a lot of twists before the end of the league but I'm sure people are doing their maths already."

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