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Turloughmore were effectively ejected from the title race when it was deemed that Matthew Keating was ineligible to play. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Turloughmore were effectively ejected from the title race when it was deemed that Matthew Keating was ineligible to play. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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Turloughmore were effectively ejected from the title race when it was deemed that Matthew Keating was ineligible to play. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

The Galway senior hurling championship looks unlikely to be finished this year as the case is set to return to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) for a second time.

Turloughmore have had their latest appeal turned down by the Connacht Council but the club have vowed to exhaust all avenues to be reinstated in the Galway championship.

"Turloughmore Hurling Club firmly believes that the decision which was reached by the Galway Competitions Control Committee was substantively wrong," said a statement. "Turloughmore Hurling Club fully intends to exhaust all avenues of appeal."

The club were effectively ejected from the title race when it was deemed that they had used a player in a pool game against Beagh, Matthew Keating (left), who was ineligible because he had also lined out in the New York championship.

The Galway County Board were asked to investigate and they awarded the match to Beagh and scheduled them to play Ardrahan in the Galway quarter-final.

Turloughmore's appeal in Galway and to the Connacht Council was unsuccessful but the DRA ordered Galway officials to investigate the matter again.

They again found Turloughmore guilty and their decision was upheld by the Connacht Council.

Reigning All-Ireland champions Portumna have reached the final but with a quarter-final still to be played, it seems unlikely the championship will be finished before the New Year.

Irish Independent