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Kildare hoping to see Flynn suspension reduced on appeal

Kildare midfielder Daryl Flynn will have his hearing against a six-month ban, handed down to him by the Leinster Council, heard on Thursday week, January 20.

Flynn picked up the heavy suspension following an alleged altercation with referee Derek Fahy in the tunnel at O'Moore Park after his club Moorefield lost a Leinster first-round tie with Portlaoise.

Fahy had sent off Flynn on a second yellow card late in the game.

There was general dissatisfaction among the Moorefield ranks about the referee's performance on the day.

The alleged altercation was mentioned by Fahy in his report -- Ronan Sweeney picked up a one-month ban for a verbal altercation with the Longford man immediately after the game -- and Leinster imposed a six-month ban on the midfielder which could rule him out of Kildare's first five league matches.

Kildare will be keeping their fingers crossed that Flynn will see a reduction in his suspension that could allow him to play against Antrim, Derry, Donegal, Laois or Meath. They are already without their primary midfielder Dermot Earley, who has had surgery on a cruciate ligament injury and is not expected back in action any earlier than June.

Kildare will also be without David Lyons and replacement goalkeeper Paul Flood, who have withdrawn from the squad in recent weeks.

Flood was one of three goalkeepers on the 2010 squad but the plans for Kildare are to extend that to four with Shane Connolly, who featured in the O'Byrne Cup victory over Longford, an interesting prospect.

Kildare are running the rule over a number of other goalkeeper options.

Last year's 'keeper Shane McCormack, Tom Corley and Philip Hennessy, who has returned after a cruciate ligament injury, are among those in the frame.

Irish Independent