Thursday 23 November 2017

Limerick Board to weigh up options

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

THE Limerick County Board executive will meet tonight to consider how to proceed in the ongoing hurling controversy.

It's likely they will call a full Board session for next week following revelations that several clubs have submitted letters seeking a meeting to discuss the stand-off which has seriously weakened the panel this year.

Letters from five clubs were required to force a special county board meeting but it's understood that figure has been easily surpassed. If a meeting is called for next week, it's probable that a vote of no-confidence in manager Justin McCarthy will be proposed.

He takes a depleted squad to Dungarvan tomorrow to take on Waterford in the third round of the National League where, so far, Limerick have lost to Galway and Cork.

Meanwhile, there is some good news for Limerick as their footballers and hurlers have put themselves in strong early contention to scoop €20,000 prizes for the county in the Leagues Fair Play Index.

Limerick footballers are in joint top spot, having had seven players booked in the first three rounds of the League. Laois and Clare also picked up seven yellow cards while Kerry had five but also had one red (Paul Galvin against Cork). Waterford hurlers lead the way with one yellow from two games, followed by Limerick, Cork, Wexford and Clare who are each on two.

Carlow are bottom of the football table, having had one red and 24 yellow cards in four games. Tyrone (4 red, 9 yellow) are second last with Monaghan (16 yellow) and Fermanagh (2 red, 12 yellow) next on the 'bad' list.

A total of 19 footballers and eight hurlers have been sent off so far. The counties with the best disciplinary record will receive €10,000 (hurling and football) at the end of the Leagues.

Irish Independent

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