Sunday 25 February 2018

Crokes consider DRA in bid to clear Morrissey for final

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

KILMACUD Crokes may yet go to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) this week in a bid to get Adrian Morrissey available for Sunday's Leinster club final.

The Wexford star appealed his four-week suspension to Leinster Council last Friday night but they upheld his ban.

"We only received Leinster's decision today so we will need to consider our options," Crokes boss Paddy Carr said yesterday.

Morrissey received the ban after being sent off in a Dublin club league game a week before the 2009 All-Ireland champions' Leinster semi-final victory over Garrycastle, and the club has always maintained that his appeal is primarily about maintaining his reputation.

"We have never made an issue of non-availability but there certainly is a real sense of injustice and fury over his treatment," said Carr, who alleged that Morrissey "was sent off in a game where he shouldn't even have been spoken to."

But Morrissey's plea of innocence, first to the Dublin County Board and now to Leinster, has so far failed and the DRA is the last route of appeal.

London-based Niall Corkery, who missed the semi-final, is the southsiders' only serious injury worry, but they are also keeping their fingers crossed that the bleak weather forecast does not prevent Rory O'Carroll travelling home from his Paris base for Sunday's clash with Rhode.

Irish Independent

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