Sunday 22 October 2017

IT Carlow thrown out of the Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup for fielding illegal player

IT Carlow's Stephen Maher at the launch of the Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup
IT Carlow's Stephen Maher at the launch of the Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup

Cóilín Duffy

IT Carlow have been thrown out of the Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup for fielding a part-time student.

DJ Carey's men have three days to appeal and it is expected that they will do so.

Mary Immaculate College successfully argued to the Comhairle Ardoideachais (CA) Hearings Committee, that Business student James Gannon was only doing a part-time course, which made him ineligible to play for the IT under CA bye-laws.

The Ballyragget native featured in defence for IT Carlow in their recent 9-24 to 1-3 victory over Maynooth University.

The Group ultimately came down to scoring difference, with WIT finishing as group winners, and IT Carlow in second spot, with Mary Immaculate College losing out on a knock-out place.

As a result of this afternoon’s ruling, Mary I have been reinstated in the competition as the Group winners.

They now benefit from a home venue for their quarter-finals against DIT on Thursday next.

IT Carlow now have three days in which to appeal the ruling.

This afternoon’s ruling means that two of the Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-finals have been rescheduled for this Thursday.

Both games have 3pm starts in Limerick, where Limerick IT host Waterford IT, and Mary Immaculate College will face DIT.

On Wednesday, Cork IT host NUIG at 2pm, while at 3pm, UL host UCD.

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