Wednesday 21 March 2018

Tribesmen accept ban

GALWAY will definitely be without Portumna half-forward Andy Smith for Sunday's Leinster SHC semi-final against Offaly, WRITES CLIONA FOLEY.

The Tribesmen were aggrieved at the red card Smith received in their quarter-final defeat of Wexford and initially indicated a strong interest in contesting it.

But they have since accepted his automatic four-week ban without any appeal.

That keeps Smith out on Sunday, but his suspension will elapse on Saturday week, which means he will be available for the Leinster final on July 4, if Galway qualify.

Aidan Harte, meanwhile, is manager John McIntyre's biggest injury worry.

And Galway Hurling Board chairman Joe Byrne has appealed to supporters to travel in big numbers this weekend to support the Connacht team -- bidding to reach their first Leinster final.

Byrne said the 7.0 throw-ins for the Division 1 NHL final in Thurles and their Leinster opener in Kilkenny was responsible for the disappointing number of Galway fans who travelled to both games, and encouraged supporters to come out in greater numbers this weekend.

"It is Galway's first time to play in Croke Park in the Leinster championship, so we are appealing to the Galway hurling public to come out and get behind the side," Byrne said.

Irish Independent

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