Armagh seek 11th-hour reprieve for nine U-20s
Armagh are preparing to go to the wire this weekend in a bid to clear nine suspended players to take part in Sunday's Ulster U-20 final against Derry, a curtain-raiser to the senior final.
Armagh chairman Mickey Savage has confirmed that all nine suspensions will be brought before the GAA's Central Appeals Committee this weekend, probably tomorrow, after the Ulster Hearings Committee decided this week that only one of the 10 proposed Armagh suspensions, arising from an unseemly melee at the end of their semi-final with Tyrone, should not stick.
Savage said Armagh will wait for the outcome of the appeals before considering whether to engage with the Disputes Resolution Authority on any case that may not be overturned.
But he said that prospect remained very open to them, even if it led to 11th-hour deliberations ahead of an 11.45 throw-in on Sunday morning as he expressed the county board's frustration with how the process has worked so far.
A number of substitutes on the night in question are among those who have been suspended after they contributed to a sustained melee.
With video footage, Ulster's Competitions Control Committee were able to sift through that evidence and identify those that they felt had a case to answer. Four players were sent off during the game which required extra-time before Armagh prevailed by 2-22 to 0-24.