Monday 9 December 2019

Furious Thurles ponder Harty final boycott over replay date

Jackie Cahill

HARTY Cup holders Thurles CBS are up in arms over the decision to replay the final against Ardscoil Rís next Saturday.

The teams finished level at 1-12 apiece in Nenagh last Sunday and the replay has been confirmed for the same venue (3.0).

Thurles are desperately unhappy as the timing of the game means that centre-forward Aidan McCormack will again miss out through suspension.

McCormack received a four-week ban after he was sent off during his side's semi-final victory over Nenagh CBS on February 7. That ban is due to expire at midnight on Saturday, which would have freed the Thurles Sarsfields player for a Sunday replay.

Thurles sources indicated last night that school officials are considering their next course of action and the possibility of completely boycotting the game has been mentioned.

A source said: "Aidan didn't do a whole lot wrong against Nenagh but he took his suspension and didn't appeal."

Munster Colleges fixture-makers have insisted that their hands are tied as the prestigious Corn Uí Mhuirí football decider between St Brendan's Killarney and De La Salle Macroom is set for Sunday. The refixed Tipperary-Kilkenny National Hurling League tie in Thurles on Sunday is an added counter-attraction which would have taken significantly from the Nenagh gate.

Munster Colleges secretary Micheal Forrestal explained also that St Brendan's were unwilling to play the Corn Uí Mhuirí final on Saturday as a number of their teachers are unavailable because of an external course.

The Kerry versus Derry NFL encounter in Killarney on Sunday was another factor taken into consideration when the Harty final was refixed, according to Forrestal.

"Unfortunately for Thurles, that suspension is up at 12 on Saturday night. But we have no control over the referee's report," said Forrestal. "But that suspension never entered the equation when the replay date was announced. Sunday is the date for the football final and we have to try to keep everybody happy.

"I feel sorry for the young fella in Thurles but it's one of those things. Thurles have been in touch with us but we made the announcement before people left McDonagh Park last Sunday and we have to stick to our agenda."

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