Saturday 25 February 2017

Cats confirm they won't appeal ban handed down to Dalton

Colm Keys and  Donnchadh Boyle

The meeting underlined just how seriously the management and players are viewing their unexpected capitulation.

Meanwhile, Leinster Council have confirmed that the Leinster hurling quarter-final on May 29 between Dublin and Offaly will now go ahead at Croke Park, with a 2.0 throw-in.

The provincial body met yesterday and rubber-stamped a change of venue for the fixture, which is expected to draw a crowd in excess of 25,000 following Dublin's victory over Kilkenny in the Allianz League final.

On the football front, Dublin have appealed the four-week ban imposed on Philly McMahon for his part in the half-time brawl that marred their League final defeat by Cork.

Although the suspension didn't rule him out of any inter-county action, the decision was made after it was confirmed that McMahon would also be suspended from club duties as the altercation with Cork's Michael Shields took place off the pitch.

Dublin chairman Andy Kettle confirmed that, if the appeal fails, McMahon could miss the Dubs' Leinster championship opener against either Laois or Longford on June 5 as the suspension would run from the date of the appeal.

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Donegal will have Paddy McGrath and Neil McGee available for their Ulster senior football championship opener against Antrim on Sunday week.

Corner-back McGrath and full-back McGee missed the Allianz League Division 2 final win over Laois due to quad strain and hamstring injuries respectively, but both have made good recoveries and will be fit for the visit of the Saffrons.

Manager Jim McGuinness also confirmed that Karl Lacey and Michael Murphy came through the league decider unscathed.

"The only slight concern we have for the Antrim game is that a few players picked up some bumps and bruises in the All-County League last weekend," he remarked.

"But none of those are of a serious nature, so, hopefully, we will have a full panel to pick from for Sunday week."

Derry have bolstered their squad by recalling Kevin McGuckin ahead of the clash with Fermanagh on May 22.

Manager John Brennan made the move after Gerard O'Kane and Martin Donaghy joined Paddy Bradley on the treatment table.

Galway midfielder Eddie Hoare has been ruled out for the rest of the year after the St Michael's midfielder suffered a serious shoulder injury in training.

Irish Independent

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