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'Sledging happens but it's all part and parcel of sport' - Brogan

HE might be deemed a natural target for one of dark arts now formally known as 'sledging' but Alan Brogan maintains that in his 10 years of intercounty experience, the practice isn't nearly as widespread as some would contend.

"To be honest, there have been a few small cases," he told the Herald, as the furore over the recent Armagh/Laois league clash rumbles on.

"It hasn't happened to the extent that people probably think."

Armagh defender Ciarán McKeever and Billy Sheehan of Laois were called before the CCCC last night to explain their respective parts in the incident in the O'Moore Park tunnel which saw McKeever sent off, 10 days after the eruption of major row between the counties over claims of verbal abuse.

However, Brogan reckons: "It's part of parcel of it and I think it should be a case of what happens on the field, stays on the field.

"Stuff like that, you can let it affect you or you can let it help you. You're so mentally tuned in now, defenders can try and sledge to take your mind off it, but it's up to yourself to turn it back on him. It's all part and parcel of sport. I would never be overly concerned about, unless you were really frustrated by something that happened in a match."

SEáN HURLEY and Conor Brophy have opted out of the Kildare senior football panel. The Celbridge duo had been tipped to make an impression within Kieran McGeeney's ranks but have instead chosen to concentrate on club football.

Hurley was part of the Lilywhite under-21 team which surprisingly exited the Cadbury Leinster U21 Championship at the hands of Offaly last month while Brophy was give game time during Kildare's run to this year's O'Byrne Cup final.

LIMERICK footballers have lost the services of forward Cormac Joyce-Power after he elected to head to America for the summer. The powerful attacker has secured a transfer from his native Ahane to Chicago club, Wolfe Tones.

CORK and Kerry will contest the Munster U21FC final after both strolled to semi-final victories last night. Conor Cox led the Kingdom's rout of Waterford, contributing 1-7 in their 4-26 to 1-4 hammering while the Rebels had things only marginally tougher from Clare, eventually winning out by 3-15 to 1-6.

The Munster final takes place on April 11 in Tralee - the winners play Dublin or Louth.