McCarthy ruled out after appeal fails
AN early-morning disciplinary hearing has left Dublin needing a replacement wing-back for tonight's Division 1 clash with Laois in Portlaoise.
Dublin provisionally selected James McCarthy at No 5, pending the result of his appeal against a red card received in their abandoned game with Mayo, but the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) subsequently upheld his one-match ban for 'dangerous play'.
McCarthy's hearing was only held at 7.30 yesterday morning. His case was one of several before the CHC on Thursday, whose meeting was so busy that it ran well past midnight, forcing the McCarthy appeal to be delayed until the next morning.
Yet however busy they were, the CHC maintained their rigid new disciplinary clampdown.
Crossmaglen look likely to be without captain Stephen Kernan for the All-Ireland club final as he lost his appeal against the red card (for 'striking with the hand') he received against Dr Crokes in the semi- final.
Kernan could yet take his plea to the Central Appeals Committee (CAC); Crossmaglen said yesterday they will discuss their options over the next 24 hours.
The Armagh club could also be without Gearoid O'Neill, a member of their back-room team. He has been reported for 'verbal abuse of a sideline official', but his case was adjourned after being only partially heard on Thursday night.
The CHC confirmed that Kildare (who withdrew their appeal) will have to pay the €5,000 fine recommended for 'disruptive conduct' by their players in their last League game.
Monaghan, furious that their fine for involvement in the same incident was upgraded to the loss of home advantage for a future League game after an appeal, have confirmed that they are taking their grievance all the way to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA), the final arbiter in all disciplinary cases.
Dublin still haven't registered a point in the League, having lost to Kerry and seen their second game abandoned, but manager Pat Gilroy says he is not worried.
"We've six games in a row now to really get a bit of momentum going and to use the full panel," he said. "We need to mix in lads who didn't have much game-time last summer with lads who did."
Dublin had already made three changes for tonight's clash. Michael Savage replaces Stephen Cluxton in goals, Eamon Fennell comes in for Michael Darragh Macauley in midfield and Paul Flynn replaces Bryan Cullen in attack.
Laois's only change since beating Donegal sees Billy Sheehan come in for the injured David Conway.