Sunday 18 March 2018

Six set for suspension . . .


Billy Sheehan: This Kerry native has established himself as an important ball-carrying attacker for Laois and started at wing-forward when they played Kildare in Leinster last summer, but a four-week suspension will keep him out of their first two NFL games.

Kevin Meaney: Has also established himself as a first-choice starter for Laois in midfield in the past two seasons. He is another player whom manager Sean Dempsey can ill-afford to be without against Tipperary and Donegal in the League.

Peter O'Leary: Came off the bench last Sunday after 22 minutes to join the Laois attack and can play in the half-forwards or half-backs, but, like Sheehan and Meaney, he was one of the three Laois players singled out when the dust settled and also faces a four-week ban.

Denis Booth : The Heath clubman made his inter-county debut at full-back last Sunday, but this is a start he'll want to forget as he got his marching orders for a separate clash with Dermot Earley after 58 minutes and now faces a four-week ban.


Morgan O'Flaherty: Hit hardest by a proposed suspension of eight weeks. He's a first-choice attacking wing-back and the two-month ban would keep him out of the first four games of Kildare's Division 2 NFL campaign (against Down, Tipperary, Donegal and Armagh), which would be a big loss to manager Kieran McGeeney's gameplan.

John Doyle: The rangy Kildare captain's scoring, free-taking and leadership is always central to their success. Like O'Flaherty he was singled out after the mass brawl and if his ban stands, he will miss their first two NFL games as well as their remaining O'Byrne Cup matches.

Irish Independent

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