Saturday 17 March 2018

Hogan sees red as Tipp lose Coghlan

Coghlan: suspended for final
Coghlan: suspended for final

Jackie Cahill

TIPPERARY are up in arms after learning that full-back John Coghlan is set to miss Saturday's All-Ireland U-21 hurling final against Galway through suspension.

It has emerged that Coghlan's yellow card against Antrim in the semi-final on August 21 has been upgraded to a red by GAA disciplinary chiefs, ruling the Moyne-Templetuohy clubman out of the Semple Stadium showpiece.

Coghlan has been granted a personal hearing this week -- which could be heard tonight or tomorrow evening -- but Tipp feel that the chances of success are slim.

This is the second time this year that Tipperary have suffered retrospectively with players having yellow cards upgraded to red.

In the Munster SHC on May 30, Tipp forward Brian O'Meara, who will line out with the U-21s at the weekend, was booked four minutes after half-time for a challenge on Shane O'Neill.

The incident was highlighted on 'The Sunday Game' and after reviewing video evidence, match referee Barry Kelly deemed that O'Meara's tackle was a red-card offence.

O'Meara was forced to sit out the All-Ireland qualifier against Wexford, but Coghlan looks set to pay a far heavier price.

Coghlan, who won Munster U-21 hurling and football medals this year, received his yellow card for a challenge on Antrim's Thomas McCann, but now it has emerged the that tackle was later deemed worthy of a red card by Offaly referee Tony Carroll.

Tipperary U-21 boss Ken Hogan said: "It's a huge blow to us that John Coghlan could miss the final through suspension.

"It's come very late in the day, two weeks after the event. We found out last Saturday morning, via email, and we're very disappointed.

"John's a fantastic guy and one of our true leaders. He has been granted a hearing and we're hoping for the best. They haven't come back to us yet about when the hearing is."

Hogan also insisted that the controversy surrounding the venue for Saturday's game is "of no concern to us".

Irish Independent

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