Suspended Maguire to miss Dublin opener
A moment of madness has left Gary Maguire's Dublin career hanging by a thread with the former All-Star goalkeeper set to miss their Leinster SHC quarter-final against Galway after being handed a two-game suspension.
Kilkenny's Liam Blanchfield was bearing down on goal in last month's Parnell Park league encounter when Maguire lashed out before receiving a straight red card, with the Cats attacker rubbing further salt into the wounds by finishing to the net.
The Central Hearings Committee (CHC) saw fit to issue the Ballyboden St Enda's net-minder with a two-game ban on Tuesday night for "striking with a hurley, with force", and after already sitting out their Division 1A relegation loss to Clare, he will also miss their championship opener on May 28.
Dublin boss Ger Cunningham rotated Maguire and Conor Dooley during this year's league, but the door is now open for his clubmate to keep the No 1 shirt for the summer, while Maguire, who turns 34 in June, may struggle to work his way back in with the Dubs.
Elsewhere, Donegal's hurlers have withdrawn from Sunday's Ulster SHC relegation play-off against Down, instead opting to hand the Mourne men a walkover with their main focus moving to Saturday week's Nicky Rackard Cup opener against Armagh.
After striding to Division 3A league honours last month, Donegal were handed a 20-point hammering at the hands of Ulster kingpins Antrim in last weekend's semi-final and the walkover relegates Ardal McDermott's side, who will participate in the shield competition next season.