Tuesday 25 June 2019

Blow for Carlow as Turlough O'Brien, Stephen Poacher and Brendan Murphy lose suspension appeals

Carlow manager Turlough O'Brien. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Carlow manager Turlough O'Brien. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Carlow’s prospects of beating Meath in Saturday’s Leinster football quarter-final in Portlaoise have been hit with a serious setback after the latest attempt to have manager, Turlough O’Connor, coach, Stephen Poacher and midfielder, Brendan Murphy cleared for duty failed.

The GAA’s Central Appeals Committee (CAC) last night dismissed appeals by the trio against lengthy suspensions, imposed following an investigation into incidents after Carlow’s one-point defeat by Down in a Division 3 Allianz League game in mid-March.

O’Brien was suspended for 20 weeks while Poacher and Murphy were each banned for 12 weeks. They took their case all the way to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA), who sent it back for hearing to the CAC.

It was heard last night, but brought no relief for the trio. Carlow still have the option of challenging the CAC decision before the DRA, but given the tight timescale it’s thought unlikely they will take the matter any further.

Selectors, Tommy Wogan and Benji O’Brien and strength and conditioning coach, Damien Sheehan will be in charge as Carlow bid to reach the Leinster semi-final for a second successive year.

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