Sunday 19 November 2017

CPA slam 'morally wrong' Dublin U-21 dilemma

Club Players Association (CPA) secretary Declan Brennan. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Club Players Association (CPA) secretary Declan Brennan. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Club Players Association secretary Declan Brennan says that the impasse which led to Dublin's U-21 footballers choosing between club and county is "morally wrong".

Dublin's U-21s voted at a meeting on Tuesday evening not to line out for their clubs in the first round of the county senior football championship, with those games fixed for last night, this evening and tomorrow.

Ballyboden St Enda's Shane Clayton decided yesterday, however, that he would play against St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh. Clayton was taken off with a hamstring injury during the first half of last night's tie and was replaced by U-21 colleague Colm Basquel who scored two points but couldn't prevent the 2016 All-Ireland club champions from losing to Plunketts by 2-10 to 0-13. Bernard Brogan kicked six points for the winners and former Kerry star Paul Galvin also got on the scoresheet.

Basquel's fellow Dublin U-21 Tony O'Sullivan lined out for Whitehall Colmcilles while team-mate Colm Pearson scored a hat-trick of goals for Kilmacud Crokes in their victory over Erin's Isle.

Clayton's setback will not have pleased Dublin U-21 manager Dessie Farrell, who had pleaded with fixtures-makers to postpone the games involving his players.

Last night, Brennan said: "Players should not be forced to choose between club and county, especially when it comes to championship, and particularly when an All-Ireland is at stake. "

Irish Independent

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