Saturday 22 July 2017

Doubts surround futures of Laois stars Tierney and Clancy

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The future of two prominent Laois players is shrouded in doubt after the Leinster championship exit to Dublin on Sunday.

Neither MJ Tierney nor Paraic Clancy featured in the eight-point defeat and that has prompted strong speculation locally that they may have signed off for the rest of the season.

Forward Tierney is understood to have made his own way back to Portlaoise by train after the match instead of taking the team bus.

He also tweeted the word "Disillusioned" on Sunday night which was picked up on by 'The Sunday Game'.

Tierney warmed up on a couple of occasions on Sunday but did not make an appearance.

He had been named on the team during the week and despite rumours that he wouldn't start, the decision to put in Paraic McMahon instead was only made on the day of the game.

Free-taker Tierney had been withdrawn during the Division 2 league final and the victory over Longford in the Leinster first round.

Clancy, Laois' longest-serving player, came out of retirement earlier this year and may have expected a role in the full-forward line at some stage on Sunday.

Monaghan will not be making any formal complaint about a comment that one of their players alleges the match referee made to him during Sunday's Ulster quarter-final against Tyrone in Omagh.

But the alleged incident was so unusual that the National Referees Committee (NRC) will still investigate the incident.

Monaghan wing-back Darren Hughes alleged after the game that Meath official Cormac Reilly made an unusual comment to him before half-time.

"I'll not repeat what he said to me in the first half, but referees shouldn't be saying that," said Hughes.

Monaghan sources indicated yesterday that they will not be making a formal complaint -- they don't want to be accused of sour grapes.

But the chairman of the NRC Mick Curley yesterday revealed that the NRC is set to have a look at the alleged incident.

"All the match videos are at our disposal so we will probably have a look at it now and talk to the referee as well," he said.

Irish Independent

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