Monday 27 January 2020

Connacht to probe referee flashpoint

Cliona Foley

CONNACHT Council have launched an official investigation into an incident involving the match referee in last weekend's provincial junior hurling final.

It is understood that the referee – Kevin McGeeney – has reported that he was knocked to the ground in a fracas near the end of the game, and his report also contained an additional written statement from one of his match officials.

After studying the report on Wednesday night, Connacht's Central Competitions Committee (CCC) put together a separate investigation committee to look into it.

They have followed accepted procedures by inviting both of the clubs involved – Skehana and the winners Calry-St Joseph's of Sligo – to give their version of events at a meeting next Monday night.

Elsewhere, new Roscommon football manager John Evans has named two of his back-room team but is still expected to add another.

Locals Gay Sheerin and Walter Burke have been confirmed as the two new county senior selectors, but it remains to be seen if the Rossies new boss will bring in an outsider to help him.

Former Limerick hurler TJ Ryan will manage the Limerick U-21 hurlers next year.

Ryan was previously a senior selector under Donal O'Grady and among the contenders tipped to succeed him before John Allen got the job last year.

Ryan has been given a two-year term; his selectors will be Clem Smith and Peter Finn.

Mayo's new minor football manager is Enda Gilvarry. He was a selector last year and replaces Tony Duffy, who has stepped down after leading Mayo to two All-Ireland semi-finals in the last three years.

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