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McMahon and Ronaldson to learn fate

JOE McMahon of Tyrone and Mayo's Mark Ronaldson will discover their respective fates today after appealing suspensions in Croke Park last night.

McMahon was shown a straight red card at the end of the recent league meeting between Tyrone and Mayo in Omagh; Tyrone felt this was very harsh and are seeking to over-turn it.

Ronaldson was not carded in the incident which preceded McMahon's dismissal, but the Central Competitions Control Committee subsequently gave him a four-week ban, which he is also contesting.

Meanwhile, the only players who could take anything positive out of last night's second cancellation of the Tipperary v Kilkenny NHL tie were the students on both sides, who otherwise would have been forced to play two games in less than 24 hours.

Eight of the players involved are involved for their colleges in big third-level colleges games today.

When the NHL refixture was originally made, their colleges were offered the opportunity to put their Fitzgibbon and Ryan Cup quarter-finals back by a day but they are all going ahead today as originally scheduled.

Elsewhere, Galway's John Lee reckons that this could be the year that the Tribesmen make their big breakthrough, but the 23-year-old centre-back reckons he will have to battle for his place in the side as John McIntyre and his selectors have assembled an impressive squad.

Lee is hopeful that NUIG will reach the semi-finals of the Fitzgibbon Cup by defeating St Pat's today and that he can continue to use that competition to get back his starting place in the county squad.

"Everyone is fighting for their spot at the moment, especially in the backs, and the lads who are there are holding on to their places.

"I have to plug along with the Fitzgibbon and see if I get my chance somewhere along the line, but positions will be hard to nail down," said the Liam Mellows clubman.

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