Friday 15 December 2017

Cross' to appeal O'Callaghan red card

CROSSMAGLEN Rangers are expected to lodge a formal appeal to try to overturn last weekend's dismissal of centre half-back Danny O'Callaghan in time for the AIB All-Ireland club football final.

O'Callaghan was shown a straight red card during the second half of their semi-final victory over Kilmacud Crokes, who themselves had two players sent off.

But Cross' will be using video footage in their bid to prove that his card should only have been a yellow, which would get him released to play against Connacht champions St Brigid's in the big St Patrick's Day decider.

"We'll review it but we'll probably ask to have it downgraded to a yellow," Cross' manager Tony McEntee said.

Elsewhere Cavan have appointed forward Seanie Johnston as football team captain this season.

Johnston scored three points against Waterford last weekend to help the Breffni men get their first win of their Division 3 Allianz League campaign.

Mayo County Board will discuss a detailed strategic action plan at their scheduled meeting on Thursday night.

The plan, which calls for some radical proposals, has been listed as one of the items for discussion at the meeting. There has been a difference of opinion over the release of the report, which went ahead last week.

County board officers had been reluctant for it to be put in the public domain because some recommendations could not be accommodated in general rule. But tensions also arose over the committee's criticism of the board for not releasing all information relating to finances, particularly in relation to the McHale Park redevelopment.

"The inadequacy of the information provided by Mayo County Board made it very difficult for our finance and funding committee to carry out a proper review," a report overview read.

"Virtually all of the information we received was already in the public domain and did not help our committee in any significant manner."

The appointment of a director of coaching and a commercial director are among the key recommendations of the report. A non-executive advisory group to the Mayo County Board, that would oversee implementation of the five-year plan, has also been proposed.

The plan will aim to see most of the main recommendations implemented by the end of 2011.

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