Dunne urges top brass to step in and show Shore mercy
WEXFORD manager Liam Dunne has made a final plea to GAA chiefs for mercy on behalf of Andrew Shore.
Last week Shore (right) had a 48-week ban confirmed by the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) for playing a hurling match in Coventry last October when his transfer from Dublin club Parnells to the Roger Casements club was not ratified as per procedures.
The case has bounced between GAA authorities in Britain and Ireland over the last few months, but the player's last chance of a reprieve now rests with the Reinstatement Committee.
If this Committee recommends a pardon to the Central Council meeting on Friday night, there's a reasonable chance it would be accepted.
There are no guarantees, however, and Shore (right) faces an anxious few days before knowing his hurling fate for the rest of the season.
Dunne said after Sunday's win over Offaly: "You've a 24-year-old guy wanting to hurl.
"He's been suspended for five months. It was not a crime that he committed or anything. He thought he had the paperwork in order, but there was something that wasn't right with the forms.
"I think Andrew has paid enough of a penalty, and I hope that Paraic Duffy and Liam O'Neill might intervene somewhere along the line. We're trying to keep young fellas hurling. Does a guy deserve 48 weeks for what he did? I don't think so.
"I can only hope that someone, somewhere along the line can show some sort of mercy."
Dunne hopes to have Shore available to him for at least some of the big games to come, but in the player's absence, Wexford have negotiated two tricky opening Division 1B matches and emerged with full points from Antrim (home) and Offaly (away) - the first time the Slaneysiders had managed to win a league game away to the Faithful County since 1973.
With just two matches played, Wexford are the only side in 1B with full points which has them looking forward with optimism, albeit aware that plenty of improvement is required.
Their next game is on Sunday, March 8 when Limerick hurlers and footballers (Division 3) travel to Wexford Park for a double-header.