Thursday 27 April 2017

Fitzmaurice slams disciplinary procedure over delayed Walsh ban

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick / SPORTSFILE
Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick / SPORTSFILE
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Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice has hit out at the GAA's disciplinary system after Donnchadh Walsh was hit with a one-game ban arising from their clash with Mayo, writes Donnchadh Boyle.

Fitzmaurice is unhappy that Mayo's Tom Parsons had been suspended for his part in a row in that game last week but that Walsh and Peter Crowley only had their hearings on Thursday night.

And he queried whether the GAA chiefs will crack down as hard for the remainder of the season.

"We have the strongest squad available to us," he said ahead of tomorrow's visit of Monaghan to Killarney.

"Donnchadh is suspended, although we had him chosen on the team. It came very late in the day - the Mayo player was dealt with last week.

"But nothing surprises at this stage. I would be interested to see how consistently they apply the rules throughout the season. I think the CCCC will have a busy year.

"It only surfaced this week, the lads had their appeals on Thursday night, Peter got off but Donnchadh cannot play.

"I am disappointed that it should surface so late in the day but nothing surprises me anymore."

Fitzmaurice has called for improvement at both ends of the pitch for the visit of the Ulster men.

"We conceded 0-9 from frees (against Mayo), we created six goal-scoring chances, we took one," he lamented.

Fitzmaurice will make four changes to the side that lost to Mayo with Brendan Kealy starting in goal instead of Brian Kelly, while Shane Enright returns from concussion protocols to take his place in the full-back line.

Jonathan Lyne moves from defence to attack in place of Adrian Spillane, while James O'Donoghue replaces Legion team-mate Conor Keane.

Walsh had originally been picked at half-forward but his replacement will not be named until before throw-in.

Elsewhere, Meath welcome back captain Graham Reilly to their side for their Division 2 clash with Down, after St Colmcille's run to the All-Ireland club IFC final.

Cork include full-forward Peter Kelleher in their side for the first time in the league as they take on Fermanagh.

Mayo welcome Diarmuid O'Connor back into their side for the visit of Roscommon, while Rory Dunne and Niall McDermott come into the Cavan side for their trip to Omagh to face Tyrone.

Kerry (SF v Monaghan) - B Kealy; S Enright, M Griffin, K Young; T Morley, P Crowley, R Shanahan; D Moran, J Barry; J Lyne, P Murphy, AN Other; J Savage, P Geaney, J O'Donoghue.

Tipperary (SF v Laois) - E Comerford; A Campbell, P Codd, W Connors; K Fahey, R Kiely, J Feehan; A Moloney, M Dunne; J Keane, L McGrath, B Fox; C Sweeney, M Quinlivan, P Austin.

Meath (SF v Down) - P O'Rourke; D Keogan, C McGill, R O Coileann; W Carry, B Power, S McEntee; B Menton, J Toher; A Forde, C O'Sullivan, C O'Brien; G Reilly, B Sheridan, D Lenihan.

Armagh (SF v Longford) - M McNeice; M Shields, C Vernon, P Hughes; B Donaghy, N Rowland, A McKay; S Sheridan, B Crealy; R Grugan, O O'Neill, N Grimley; A Duffy, S Campbell, O Mac Íomair.

Cork (SF v Fermanagh) - R Price; J McLoughlin, Tom Clancy, K Crowley; Tomas Clancy, J Loughrey, S Cronin; A Walsh, R Deane; B O'Driscoll, L Connolly, J O'Rourke; N Coakley, P Kelleher, P Kerrigan.

Mayo (SF v Roscommon) - D Clarke; D Newcombe, K Higgins, P Durcan; S Coen, C Boyle, D Drake; D Vaughan, J Gibbons; F Boland, K McLoughlin, D O'Connor; A Moran, C O'Connor, J Doherty.

Cavan (SF v Tyrone) - J Farrelly; F Reilly, P Faulkner, K Brady; C Brady, M Reilly, R Dunne; K Clarke, T Corr; D McVeety, N Clerkin, G Smith; N McDermott, G McKiernan, S Johnston.

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