Saturday 24 February 2018

Sheehan and O'Flaherty bans upheld

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

BOTH Kildare defender Morgan O'Flaherty and Laois forward Billy Sheehan had their bans upheld by the Leinster Council despite appeals on Thursday night.

The duo appealed the suspensions they were hit with in the aftermath of the brawl that marred the sides' O'Byrne Cup clash last month.

Despite producing a witness and photographs to back up his plea of innocence, O'Flaherty's eight-week ban stood and it is expected the Carbury man will bring his appeal further.

Sheehan's four-week ban was also upheld, meaning that he is unavailable to O'Moore manager Sean Dempsey for this weekend's clash with Tipperary. Peter O'Leary, Kevin Meaney and Denis Booth are also absent after being sent off during that game.

John O'Loughlin, who played Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cup games for UCD during the week, is named at centre-back for what will be his third game in four days, while John Scully will make his league debut at corner-back. There are two vacancies in attack which are expected to be filled by Ross Munnelly and Donie Kingston.

New Tipp captain Robbie Costigan is named at centre-back but John Evans' side must do without Hugh Coughlan and Brian Fox for the trip to Portlaoise.

Lilywhite boss Kieran McGeeney must plan without O'Flaherty and the suspended John Doyle but he has rewarded Anthony Rainbow's recent good form as the 38-year-old starts against Down in what is his 20th inter-county league campaign. Gary White gets the nod for the other wing-back spot while Shane McCormack gets the nod over Tom Corley in goal.

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