Friday 19 January 2018

Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-finals get green light as Mary Immaculate appeal falls on deaf ears

Mary Immaculate College manager Eamon Cregan
Mary Immaculate College manager Eamon Cregan

Both of today's Fitzgibbon Cup quarter finals will go ahead as scheduled after Mary Immaculate College failed in their last-gasp bid to be reinstated in this year's competition.

Mary I were replaced in the last eight of the competition by IT Carlow after they successfully appealed their expulsion for fielding an illegal player.

After a marathon meeting that ran into the early hours of last Thursday morning, the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) agreed that James Gannon was eligible to line out for the DJ Carey-managed side.

The third level governing body had previously decided that Gannon didn't meet the required criteria to play in the competition.

Their reinstatement saw Eamonn Cregan's Mary I side replaced in the quarter-finals; after meeting over the weekend, they have decided to bring their case to the highest authority.

But Mary I brought their case to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) and this morning they decided that there was no case.

In a bizarre series of events, IT Carlow set off on the road for Limerick this morning for their quarter final clash with Limerick IT not knowing if the game would actually go ahead.

Their fate rested in the hands of the DRA, who met this morning to discuss Mary Immaculate's case,

Any further postponement of the competition would surely have thrown the traditional weekend format, which is to be hosted by LIT, into doubt.

UL have already progressed to one semi-final with Cork IT in the other. Both last four games are due to be played on Friday, with the final down for decision on Saturday night in the Gaelic Grounds.

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