Monday 19 February 2018

Ex-Galway star to appeal two-year ban

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

LONDON club Neasden Gaels are set to appeal the hefty 96-week ban that former Galway footballer, and current London captain, Paul Geraghty picked up in bizarre circumstances almost a fortnight ago.

The Glenamaddy native was sent off in extra-time of an ill-tempered Division 1 final played in rapidly fading light at Ruislip last Saturday week.

Geraghty clashed with referee Bernard Collins in the aftermath of a controversial late goal which helped secure the title for Kingdom Kerry Gaels, 1-12 to 1-9. Two others, Kingdom's Brendan O'Sullivan and Neasden's Peader Friel, were also sent off.

It is understood referee Collins reported Geraghty for striking, but Neasden chairman Kevin Moore insists that his club will appeal the proposed suspension.

"We're shocked to say the least," Moore said. "I spoke to Paul this morning and he didn't know what to say. He maintains he was running out after their goal and was tangling with a Kingdom player when they collided with the referee.

"We put in an appeal and we're waiting to hear back from the CCC (Competitions Control Committee) as to when it will be heard, but we have every intention of appealing the ban."

Moore also pointed out that there are no floodlights at Ruislip and the situation was not helped by the fact that Neasden play in black jerseys.

"It was very dark to be playing football and the cup was awarded in near total darkness. We didn't try and talk to the referee about the incident afterwards, there was a lot of unhappiness with him at the time and it was so dark, it'd have been hard to find him."

Geraghty was in inspirational form for London as they enjoyed their best championship for decades. They came to within a whisker of recording one of the biggest shocks in the history of the championship as they forced Mayo to extra-time in their Connacht championship clash in Ruislip.

They also beat a depleted Fermanagh in the qualifiers -- their first win in the championship since 1977 -- before Waterford halted their gallop.

Irish Independent

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