Friday 19 October 2018

Na Piarsaigh duo fail in bids to overturn red cards

Martin Farragher Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Martin Farragher Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Na Piarsaigh are weighing up the option of taking a case to the Central Appeals Committee for one or other of their suspended players, Conor Boylan and Tommy Grimes, ahead of next week's All-Ireland club hurling final against Cuala.

Both players had hearings to challenge proposed one-match bans on Wednesday night but failed to convince a new Central Hearings Committee that the red cards should be reversed.

Boylan had been reported for 'kicking with minimal force' while the red card for Grimes was attributed to 'striking with a hurley with minimal force'.

Corofin's Martin Farragher has been cleared to play by the same body who found that the offence that led to his red card against Moorefield could not be proven.

Despite being assured of a quarter-final place Clare still name a strong hurling side for their final regulation game with Waterford.

Captain Patrick O'Connor comes in for Jason McCarthy, David Fitzgerald replaces Mikey O'Malley at wing-back, Tony Kelly comes in for Colm Galvin at midfield, while Ian Galvin and Conor McGrath take over from Podge Collins and Niall Deasy.

Meanwhile, former Dublin footballer Barney Rock feels the All-Ireland champions have not got last year's league defeat to Kerry out of their system yet.

Rock feels the defeat will be a factor as the sides meet almost 12 months on in Sunday's re-fixed Allianz Division 1 football league match but are moving more smoothly than they were in last year's competition when, ultimately, they left themselves with too much to do against Kerry.

"Dublin are still trying to get over last year's league campaign. With the league last year it was a bit of a blow that they lost the game (final), but I think if you look at last year's form, Dublin, in all the matches that they played in the league, or certainly in the tight matches, they have given the teams a bit of a lead. This year it's been slightly different. They've been ahead with 10 minutes to go rather than behind."

Kevin McStay's rotation policy continues for this weekend's Division 2 match with Clare as Donie Smith returns to the starting line-up in Ennis. Smith scored seven points off the bench in their win over Louth and will feature in a full-forward line alongside Ciaran Lennon and Diarmuid Murtagh.

John McManus comes in at full-back while Cathal Compton is named as Tahdg O'Rourke's midfield partner.

Cathal Cregg, Enda Smith and Conor Daly are named on the bench while Ross Timothy loses out after the injury he sustained in Drogheda.

Roscommon (v Clare) - J Featherston; S McDermott, J McManus, P Domican; R Daly, D Murray, N Daly; T O'Rourke, C Compton; C Murtagh, N Kilroy, C Devaney; D Smith, C Lennon, D Murtagh.

Clare (SH v Waterford) - D Tuohy; P O'Connor, C Cleary, J Browne; S Morey, D McInerney, D Fitzgerald; C Malone, T Kelly; I Galvin, J Conlon, D Reidy; C McGrath, P Duggan, S O'Donnell.

Irish Independent

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