Sunday 21 January 2018

Forde starts as Ryan shuffles attack


'Ryan (p) has rewarded Michael Breen and John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer for their contributions last weekend with both starting in attack' Photo: Sportsfile
'Ryan (p) has rewarded Michael Breen and John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer for their contributions last weekend with both starting in attack' Photo: Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Michael Ryan has named Jason Forde in his Tipperary team to face Galway in tomorrow's Allianz Hurling League Division 1 final despite the recommended two-game suspension for the midfielder.

Premier officials have remained tight-lipped about their intention to appeal Forde's proposed ban for an altercation with Davy Fitzgerald, which saw the Wexford boss pick up an eight-week ban. However, his selection suggests they expect to have him available to face the Tribesmen.

Tipp have said they will not be commenting before the decider but Forde is free to play as he is not under suspension until he either accepts the proposed punishment or has a ban imposed by the Central Hearings Committee.

Tipperary are optimistic about challenging the charge against the 23-year-old, who was involved in a brief jostling match with Fitzgerald when the Model boss made his way onto the Nowlan Park pitch during last Sunday's semi-final.

There is a downside for the Premier, however, as Forde could ultimately receive a two-match suspension (the minimum for 'any type of assault of an opposing team official') meaning he will serve it in the Munster SHC.

Wexford have prepared separate statements as they continue to deliberate Fitzgerald's suspension, with one statement indicating that they will seek a hearing and another confirming that the proposed suspension has been accepted.

The final call will be left to Fitzgerald, who is still seeking counsel on the issue which will see him miss a potential Leinster SHC clash with Kilkenny on June 10, but Wexford will declare their intentions today.

Model officials have pored over the contents of the correspondence issued to them from the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee, as they look for any issues whereby the ban could be challenged on a technicality.

Elsewhere, Ryan has rewarded Michael Breen and John 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer for their contributions last weekend, with both starting in attack. Breen hit four points following his half-time introduction for Niall O'Meara and starts at No 11, while O'Dwyer replaces Seamus Callanan, sidelined for three to four weeks with a broken thumb.

Meanwhile, the CPA have confirmed they are in "constructive discussions" with Croke Park to set out their detailed fixture planning proposals as they attempt to establish "common ground" and "agree basic principles" for fixture planning at all levels.

More engagement is expected in the coming weeks as they seek major developments, including fixtures being enshrined in Rule and enforced properly.

TIPPERARY (SH v Galway): D Gleeson; C Barrett, J Barry, M Cahill; S Kennedy, R Maher, P Maher; B Maher, J Forde; D McCormack, M Breen, S O'Brien; N McGrath, J O'Dwyer, J McGrath.

Irish Independent

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