Tuesday 19 November 2019

Cavan 'to review' proposed two-match suspension for McKiernan

Gearoid McKiernan is shown a red card by referee Sean Hurson
Gearoid McKiernan is shown a red card by referee Sean Hurson
Gearoid McKiernan is shown the red card
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Cavan officials were set to convene after last night's McKenna Cup semi-final with Fermanagh before deciding whether to appeal Gearoid McKiernan's proposed two-match suspension

McKiernan (pictured) and Monaghan pair Drew Wylie and Paul Finlay were sent-off after a 60th-minute row at Breffni Park at the weekend. Another player, Niall McDermott, was also sent off on two yellow cards but in a separate incident.

Breffni midfielder McKiernan was then hit with the proposed ban by the Ulster Council after being cited for "abusive comments" in the win over the Farney men. However, preparations for the clash with the Erne men meant no decision on whether to seek a hearing had been made yesterday evening after they had been officially informed of the decision of provincial chiefs.

"At the minute we are concentrating on the game with Fermanagh so we'll meet afterwards and review it," said Cavan PRO Mark O'Rourke.

McKiernan's ban applies only to the McKenna Cup so even if he accepts the suspension, he will be available for their national league Division 2 opener away to Roscommon in Dr Hyde Park on February 1.

Elsewhere, Kilkenny have confirmed that their hurlers will not participate in this year's Walsh Cup after the passing of Johnny Ryan, father of 2014 All-Ireland winning captain Lester.

The Cats had been due to play on both tomorrow and Sunday this weekend after weather forced the postponement of their opening-round tie against NUI Galway on Tuesday night.

However, Mr Ryan's death saw Brian Cody's side withdraw from the competition, leaving Carlow and the Galway students to play off for a place in the semi-final of the competition tomorrow.

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Finally, Christy Ring Cup champions Kildare have secured the services of former Tipperary All-Ireland winner David Young for their 2015 campaign.

The Leinster side lost a number of influential players over the close season but the addition of Young, who scored a point in the 2010 All-Ireland final as Tipp halted Kilkenny's 'Drive for Five', will aid their bid to retain their title.

Young will continue to hurl with his home club Toomevara and his switch sees a growing trend of hurlers from established counties throwing their lot in with sides from outside the top tier.

Eamon Kelly's Kerry recently secured the services of former Premier goalkeeper James Logue, who had played for Tipp at a variety of levels.

They also snapped up Clare's Patrick Kelly, who was part of the Banner squad that captured the Liam MacCarthy Cup in 2013.

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