Saturday 24 March 2018

Sigerson Cup rocked by eligibility row days before finals weekend

UCD celebrate winning the Sigerson Cup last year
UCD celebrate winning the Sigerson Cup last year
The incident occurred in a minor game last weekend

Jackie Cahill

The Sigerson Cup has been rocked by an eligibility row on the eve of finals weekend - with Garda College appealing against their defeat to Ulster University in Round 2.

It has emerged that while Down's Niall Madine was given the green light at the eleventh hour to line out against Garda, he was later deemed ineligible, and shouldn't have played.

To rub salt into Garda wounds, Madine was one of the leading players for the Jordanstown-based outfit on the day, kicking four points as they went through in extra-time.

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Monaghan's Kieran Hughes, while listed in the UU squad, was withdrawn from the fixture after learning that he was ineligible but the presence of Madine in the UU line-up has led to Garda seeking reinstatement. Red tape means they are unlikely to succeed, however, even though they boast a strong case.

Irish Independent

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