Monday 19 August 2019

Down's Caolan Mooney likely to miss SFC qualifier against Tipperary as dates and venues confirmed

Down's Caolan Mooney (right) in action against Peter Healy of Antrim during the Ulster Senior Football Championship quarter-final match at Pairc Esler in Newry, Down. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Down's Caolan Mooney (right) in action against Peter Healy of Antrim during the Ulster Senior Football Championship quarter-final match at Pairc Esler in Newry, Down. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Sean McGoldrick

Down’s Caolan Mooney, who was red-carded in his team's Ulster quarter-final loss to Armagh, looks certain to be suspended for the first round qualifier match against Tipperary in a fortnight.

The GAA's Central Hearings Committee has affirmed the referee's decision to dismiss him and impose a one-match ban.

Mooney was alleged to have behaved in a way which was dangerous to an opponent.

He requested a hearing before the CHC, who found the alleged infraction proven.

He can still appeal the decision, but only on technical grounds.

The GAA has  announced details of the Round 1 football qualifier matches. The aforementioned Down v Tipperary game takes place on Sunday, June 9 in Newry.

On Saturday June 8, four games are down for decision: Offaly v London, Leitrim v Wicklow,  Wexford v Derry and Louth v Antrim.  The Wexford v Derry game will form a double header with the Leinster round robin senior hurling championship game between Wexford and Carlow.

On Sunday June 9, the match of the day in this round of the qualifiers,  the Ulster derby between  Monaghan and  Fermanagh is scheduled for Clones (2.0). Carlow await the outcome of the replay between Longford and Kildare while Westmeath host Waterford.

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All games must be decided on the day. In the event of teams being level at the end of full time, extra time consisting of two periods of ten minutes will be played. If the sides are still deadlocked the outcome will be decided by a penalty shoot-out.

The full schedule is

Saturday June 8: Round 1 of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers

Offaly v London, Tullamore, 1.30

Leitrim v Wicklow, Carrick-on-Shannon, 3.30

Wexford v Derry, Wexford Park, 4.45

Louth v Antrim, Drogheda, 7.0

Sunday, June 9

Down v Tipperary, Newry, 2.0

Monaghan v Fermanagh, Clones, 2.0

Carlow v losers Kildare/Longford,  Dr Cullen Park, 3.0

Westmeath v Waterford, Mullingar, 3.0

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