Saturday 20 January 2018

Fitzgerald ban will galvanise hurlers, insists McEnaney

McEnaney: Davy will be a positive. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
McEnaney: Davy will be a positive. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Donnchadh Boyle and Jackie Cahill

Wexford football manager Seamus 'Banty' McEnaney believes the eight-week ban handed down to Davy Fitzgerald will only serve to galvanise his Model hurling squad as they ramp up their preparations for the Leinster Championship.

McEnaney was appointed as the county's football manager around the same time Fitzgerald took over the hurlers and McEnaney insists the Clare man can turn the situation into a positive for his side.

"I'll tell you, Davy will be the last man in Ireland you could feel sorry for," McEnaney said. "Davy is well able to handle anything that's coming to him.

"I can tell you boys, behind all the flak, he is absolutely loving it. It's a dream come true for him.

"He's going to have to work up in the stand. Do you think that will affect Wexford? It will galvanise Davy's dressing-room.

"No matter how big the battle is, he's absolutely loving it."

The Monaghan man believes the success of Fitzgerald's hurlers has driven his footballers on.

"There's a certain level of competition there that one set of players doesn't want to see the other set of players streaking off ahead of them," he explained.

"The footballers have worked extremely hard.

"I think Davy has been brilliant for Wexford and brilliant for Wexford hurling."

Elsewhere, Ulster University have been fined €2,500 and former Tyrone All-Ireland U-21 winner Ruairi McGlone has been hit with a three-match Higher Education GAA ban following the All-Ireland Intermediate colleges football final defeat to University of Limerick in March.

UU have been found guilty of fielding an ineligible player in that game, namely McGlone, with team mentor and Derry native Barry Dillon also suffering penalties.

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Dillon was charged with fielding McGlone when he was ineligible, and with 'misconduct considered to have discredited the Association.'

Following a date with the Central Hearings Committee on April 26, all charges against McGlone and Dillon were deemed to be proven, although the pair do have the option to of taking their case to the Central Appeals Committee (CAC).

McGlone, Tyrone's minor captain in 2013, was also charged with a striking offence; according to University of Limerick sources, one of their players was left with serious facial injuries following the 0-11 to 0-6 win in Abbottstown.

Dillon received eight and 12-week bans, to run concurrently, while McGlone's penalties on three separate charges resulted in a three-match suspension, plus eight and 12-week bans, also to run concurrently.

McGlone was found guilty of 'playing for a team for which he was ineligible', misconduct and striking with the hand.

For fielding an ineligible player, Ulster University received a €2,500 fine.

McGlone, who won an EirGrid All-Ireland U21 medal in 2015, also lined out in the Sigerson Cup for Ulster University this year and, consequently, was not eligible to play in the intermediate competition.

Irish Independent

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